The first Congregational chapel was built in The Garth in 1829 and known as ‘Providence Chapel’. The project of a new church was decided by the Pastor Revd. Tebb.The Chapel was built on the site of the former National School at a cost of £2000 and opened for public worship on 28 April 1909. This site is one of the most historic in Winlaton.A chapel dedicated to St. Anne was the first place of Christian worship in Winlaton.The chapel stood until 1569 when it was destroyed by the troops of Elizabeth I during the rebellion of the northern Catholic Earls.
Ambrose Crowley built a replacement to St. Anne’s in 1706 with contributions from his workmen on the original site. By 1806 this had fallen into decay. In 1816 it was replaced by a national school which remained in use until about 1898.
In 1913 Rvd. Tebb said in a sermon that he would like to see the church free of debt, which at that time was £200.The following Saturday he was at Blaydon Station taking the train to Newcastle and spoke to Joseph Cowen ( son of Joseph & grandson of Sir Joseph ). Mr. Cowen said his sister Miss Jane Cowen had told him of the debt and that if Revd. Tebb would come over to the Chronicle office he would write him a cheque to cover the amount. Revd. Tebb fully expected he would be the first person to tell the congregation this wonderful news, but when he got back to Winlaton everyone in the village had already read the news in the Chronicle!
Rev. Tebbs (left) & H.W.Grace (right)