The Village of Thixendale

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The Wesleyan Methodists have had a chapel in the village since 1837. It was located at the south-east end of the village, and is now a private residence (Chapel Cottage).

It can be seen on this map from 1851

Robin Cundell: Thomas Cundill (born 1829 in Kenneythorpe, died 1896 and listed in the 1881 census) was a prominent Methodist. After attending a prayer meeting in June 1893, he went to get his horse out of the stable to return to ‘the grange’ where he farmed. The horse suddenly started to bite and kick him. Several men nearby went to his aid preventing fatal injuries but he was badly cut and bruised.

His son (also Thomas Cundell born 1858 in Pocklington) was also a strict methodist and took over the grange in 1897 after his fathers death.

Some information courtesy of Christopher Dent:

My father was Superintendent Minister of the Pocklington Circuit of the Methodist Church in the 1960s. The circuit at that time had 28 chapels and Thixendale was probably the most inaccessible, certainly in winter. As far as I can remember, the Thixendale Chapel had only one member, Mrs Sarah Welburn, whose details I have found on the website under the Coates family. Sarah faithfully maintained the life of the chapel for many years. Many of the chapels, like Thixendale, had a very small membership. My father organised a circuit rally each quarter gathering in the members from across the circuit. A special bus was sent out around the circuit, but Sarah Welburn was fetched by car during the afternoon and had tea with us in the Manse in Pocklington before the evening service. It was like an outing to the metropolis for her.