~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~DOG BANK ROW: Formerly Bensham Row. Later Princess Street, then Minster Parade~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Methodist New Connexion was a Protestant nonconformist church, also known as the Kilhamite Methodists. It was formed in 1797 by secession from the Wesleyan Methodists, and merged in 1907 with the Bible Christian Church and the United Methodist Free Churches to form the United Methodist Church.
Jinnie Atkinson the Kilhamite, was one of the earliest members of the Methodist New Connexion, and her daughter, Jane Defty (formerly Cram, nee Atkinson), was founder of the Methodist New Connexion in Jarrow.
From the book: Lancashire Born and Bred: by Joseph Barlow Brooks:
Jenny Atkinson, born Wallsend, used to walk from Wallsend to the Salem Chapel, Newcastle, every Sunday to attend service. This was four or five miles each way and her husband, Mr. Atkinson, told her that if she had three acres and a coo she wouldna be able to go to the service. With a woman's simple direct logic she replied, "As I havena three acres an' a coo whaat's to hinder me fra goin' ti the service?"