Stocksbridge

Rugby Club

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Rugby Club completed clubhouse, Mick Gri

Stocksbridge Rugby Club, Manchester Rd.  Click on a photo to enlarge it and for more information.

West End Methodist Chapel 1965
West End Methodist Chapel 1965

The Rugby Club was the West End Methodist chapel in a former life. The frontage was altered in 1959 when it was felt that there was a danger exiting down the steps onto theincreasingly busy main road. To lessen the danger, an alteration to the frontage was made, and a new entrance was made about 3 yards on either side of the foot of the steps. There are no known photos of the original frontage.

West End Chapel 1980
West End Chapel 1980

The Chapel derelict, before renovation.

Rear of the Chapel
Rear of the Chapel

The rear of the Chapel seen from Pearson Street; the gable end is Bessemer Terrace/

Rear of the chapel
Rear of the chapel
Club House working party
Club House working party

Turning the Chapel into the Rugby Club Thanks to Mick Gribbins for the photo

Rugby Club completed clubhouse
Rugby Club completed clubhouse

Thanks to Mick Gribbins for the photo

Rugby Club opening
Rugby Club opening

Thanks to Mick Gribbins for the photo

Rugby club basement bar
Rugby club basement bar

Thanks to Mick Gribbins for the photo

Rugby Club upstairs
Rugby Club upstairs

This was originally the main room of the Chapel, and is now the upstairs function room. The original arched windows have been kept Stocksbridge Table Tennis team have their home here. Photo credit: Mick Gribbins

Rugby Club 2020
Rugby Club 2020

Photo credit: Ian Sutton

CAMRA Award
CAMRA Award

Stocksbridge Rugby Club won Sheffield & District Club of the Year in 2017. Photo credit: Dave Pickersgill

CAMRA Award
CAMRA Award

Stocksbridge Rugby Club won Sheffield & District Club of the Year in 2017. Photo credit: Dave Pickersgill

Rugby Club
Rugby Club

Photo credit: Dave Pickersgill

CAMRA Award
CAMRA Award

Stocksbridge Rugby Club won Sheffield & District Club of the Year in 2017. Photo credit: Dave Pickersgill

West End Methodist church women
West End Methodist church women
Stocksbridge West End Chapel
Stocksbridge West End Chapel

Sisterhood pageant

The Rugby Club was originally a Chapel, known as the Stocksbridge West End Primitive Methodist Chapel.  It was built in 1866, the frontage was remodelled in 1959, and it celebrated its centenary in 1966.

The old Chapel was completely gutted and the inside rebuilt.  On the Working Party photograph you can see one of the steel joists that was put in to support the upstairs floor. Originally the floor sloped from front to back.  The men did all the work themselves, sometimes hundreds of hours of labour, but as Mick Gribbins says, it was a labour of love.