320 baptisms at the Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Sans Street in Bishopwearmouth (Sunderland), from the first birth recorded in the register (1797) to the end of the register in Oct 1837.
Sans Street Chapel was among the oldest Methodist churches in the area, built in 1791 and enlarged in in the early 1800s to accommodate over 2,000 people. It no longer exists.
Because this church was the principal chapel of the Sunderland Methodist circuit, there are numerous baptisms listed as having been performed in nearby Houghton-le-Spring and other areas served by the circuit. Abodes mentioned include Ayre’s Quay, Bishopwearmouth, Blaydon (Ryton parish), Colliery Dykes (Lanchester parish), Cox Green, Downs, Easington parish, Easington Lane, Herrington, Hetton, Houghton-le-Spring, Hylton Ferry, Monkwearmouth, Monkwearmouth Shore, New Painshaw (Penshaw chapelry), Newbottle, Philadelphia, Ryton, Shiney Row, South Shields, Southwick, Sunderland, and Usworth (Washington parish).
The first 27 baptisms give just the birth date, not the baptism date. In 1823-1827, many of the baptisms give the mother’s maiden surname. A few give the mother’s parents.
- Ralph Steel, born 29 Aug 1797, son of Thomas (potter) & Alice Steel, born at Stoke upon Trent
- 25 Dec 1816 Ann Sharrock Hollingworth, of Bishopwearmouth, born 22 Nov 1816, daughter of Joseph (Methodist preacher) & Rebecca Hollingworth
- 10 May 1826 Jane Lynn, of Colliery Row, Houghton-le-Spring parish, born 18 Apr 1826, daughter of Robert Lynn (sawyer) & Elizabeth Lamb (his wife)
- 1 Nov 1835 Elizabeth Bell Dunning, of Bishopwearmouth, born 11 Jul 1834, daughter of John (shipwright) & Isabella Dunning