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Historical Event, Tue 1 Oct - Tue 24 Dec 2019, free entry

St Sepulchre Primitive Methodist Chapel. Now demol

St Sepulchre Primitive Methodist Chapel. Now demol


'Scarborough's churches past and present' is the latest exhibition at the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre in Eastborough. There used to be enough church space in Scarborough to house double the population of the town as everyone visiting on holiday went to church!
Our display covers over 50 of our town's churches past and present including C of E, Catholic, Methodist, Congregational, Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, United Reform, Baptist, Pentecostal, Quaker, Wesleyan and many others. As a fishing and shipbuilding town the men risked their lives at sea so a strong belief in a God helped families through the good and bad times.
Many of our churches are long gone or been converted into flats. Currently, only 5% of the UK's population go to church yet in times of crisis or great joy, weddings or funerals, we still seek support from them. Scarborough also had three monasteries including White, Grey and Black friars, Carmelite, Franciscan and Dominican. Fishing families paid tithes to them in the form of fish.

This exhibition is the fourth in a series of 'Scarborough town focus' displays we have put on, the previous ones being on Scarborough's old pubs, old hotels and the history of our fire brigade. This exhibition runs from October 1st to Christmas and is open from 11am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Entrance is free.

Education/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopAccepts groups

We can take groups of up to 17 people by special arrangement.

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 1 Oct - Tue 24 Dec 2019 11:00 to 16:00


Free entry


45 Eastborough,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1NH



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Map reference: TA 046887  Lat: 54.28324 Long: -0.39480

By Road:
A64 follow signs to town centre and sea front.
The museum is just up the hill from the harbour.

By Public Transport:
Trains or buses to town centre.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

We can take groups of up to 17 people by special arrangement.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
  • no car park

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system