Bethesda United Methodist Free Church was opened on 12th April 1863. In 1878 the chapel was sold to the Wesleyan Methodists, possibly on account of the area being industrial, and very close to the railway. Ordnance Survey maps in 1880 and 1902 show the Wesleyan chapel but on the 1937 map, although the building footprint is there, it is not labelled. By the 1969 map it is labelled as an Iron Foundry. There is modern housing on the site in 2011
Ordnance Survey maps from 1880 to 1938, show that the United Methodist Free Church had a chapel in New Street, Oakengates, about a mile away. There is a modern bungalow on the site in 2009. Was that the replacement chapel?
You can read more about it on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-Conformist chapels website here.
- 1863 chapel: Grid ref: SJ 69739 10690.
- 1878 chapel: Grid ref: SJ 70288 10958