The present Keenley Chapel was re-built in 1875 and can be found down the tarmac lane off the minor road between Allendale to Bearsbridge. John Wesley preached at Keenley under a sycamore tree.
Keenley also witnessed the dramatic comings and goings of John Wesley’s thwarted attempt to marry the widow Grace Murray in 1749. After a long overnight ride from Keswick, he discovered she had left to marry a rival suitor in Newcastle.
The chapel is also on Isaac’s Tea Trail heritage trail named after the local Methodist philanthropist and tea seller Isaac Holden.
The parent’s of Rev. Joseph Ritson from Ninebanks, the author of “The Romance of Primitive Methodism” were converted at Keenley in 1832.
As it has always done, Keenley Chapel continues to serve the community and welcome visitors.
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