Oswestry United Methodist Free Church chapel

Castle Street, Oswestry

Oswestry United Methodist Free Church chapel

Oswestry United Methodist Free Church opened an iron tabernacle in Castle Street  in 1868, having previously met in Gibraltar Place. By 1877 they had only 24 members, and .  by 1883 the building had been pulled down & taken away. On the 1901 Ordnance Survey map on the site is a “mission room”.

You can read more about the chapel on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-Conformist Chapels website here.

Location: Grid Ref SJ 29076 29886

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  • WREXHAM AND DENBIGHSHIRE ADVERTISER. 18 July 1868, page 8
    [OSWESTRY]
    “CHAPEL OPENING. The New Tabernacle of the United Methodist Free Church congregation, in Castle Street, was opened on Sunday last, when sermons of an appropriate character were delivered by the Rev. T. Ellery, of Runcorn, and the Rev. T. Barker, of Wrexham, the former minister preaching in the morning and evening, and the latter in the afternoon. The new chapel has been supplied by Mr Kent, of London, as a cost of £110. which sum has been augmented by internal fittings, &c., to about £135. It stands back from the street, on rising ground, and presents a neat appearance, and is certainly an ornament to the locality. The interior is furnished with open benches, capable of accommodating 150 persons, and the greater portion of the sittings are free, about one-third being let. The subscriptions and collections amount to a goodly sum, and it is confidently anticipated that when all the money promised has been collected, no more than £70 will be wanting to meet the entire outlay. The opening services will be continued on Sunday (tomorrow), and on Monday, there is to be a tea festival, followed by a public meeting.”
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    WREXHAM AND DENBIGHSHIRE ADVERTISER, 14 November 1868, page 8
    “OSWESTRY.
    UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH. On Sunday last special sermons, in aid of the trust fund, were preached in the Iron Chapel, Castlefields, in the afternoon and evening, by the Rev. W. H. Hampton, superintendent of the circuit. On Monday evening a lecture was delivered in the same chapel by Mr William Bott, of Wrexham; subject: ‘Ladies among the Navvies.’ There was a large attendance, and the collections were good on each occasion.”
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    WREXHAM AND DENBIGHSHIRE ADVERTISER, 20 February 1869, page 8
    “OSWESTRY
    MISSION SERVICES AND MEETING. The annual sermons on behalf of the home and foreign missions of the United Methodist Free Churches were delivered on Sunday, in the iron Tabernacle, Castle-street, by the Rev. J. Stuttard. There were large congregations, and the amount collected exceeded that obtained last year. On Monday evening a very successful public meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr Bayley, who delivered an introductory address appropriate to the occasion. Several excellent speeches were made in the course of the evening, and the missionary cause was very ably advocated … “.
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    By Janice Cox (19/02/2021)

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