Tyne and Wear HER(15956): Houghton-le-Spring, Market Place, pinfold - Details
Houghton-le-Spring, Market Place, pinfold
Agriculture and Subsistence
The pinfold was located in the Market Place at the junction of what is now Lake Road, Nesham Place and Gravel Walks. In 1796 the ten Methodists in Houghton met at the pinfold. Their names were John Ward (leader), Anne Ward, E. Matthews, E. Bowden, W. Collpits, J. Lee, Alice Watson, T. Nicholson, D. Moore and J. Findlater. Houghton's first Methodist was Matthew Errington who had heard John Wesley preach in London in 1740.
Paul Lanagan, 2012, Houghton Methodist Churches, www.houghtonlespring.org.uk; Paul Lanagan, 2013, Houghton's first Methodists founders of a proud tradition, article in Seaham and Houghton Star, Wednesday 24 July 2013