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I’ve added a picture to this page of pieces of pottery, marked “Stepney New Connexio 1900” found not too far away by Gerald Bisby.
Gerald says, “I was weeding in the garden (South Cave, HU15 2AL) this morning and came across a small fragment of pottery. Some minutes later I found two further pieces related to the first.
I have attached a photo of the fragments which have the inscription, “Stepney, Methodist New Connexion, 1900″. The fragments fit together to form a circular bowl, possibly a mug.
Our bungalow was built in about 1990 on agricultural land, so the mug could have been dropped by an agricultural worker.”
Stepney off Beverley Road in Hull is the nearest Stepney I can find to South Cave and there was certainly a Methodist New Connexion chapel – in fact two, one after the other. The 1849 Zion chapel, forerunner to the chapel that would have existed in 1900, still stands. Coincidentally, it is on the corner of Cave Street.
For even more churches it is worth looking at Modern Britain: introduction to the churches of the British Isles
Another project aiming to provide a definitive list of Methodist chapels in Cornwall is “Mapping Methodism”
It is also well worth browsing on Wikipedia. For a number of local government areas the Wikipedia entry contains a List of places of worship, and in some cases Former places of worship. The information may be basic, but there are always pictures of the buildings.
1881 maps show a Bible Christian Chapel at this site with the Sunday School appearing next door on the 1907 map,. The chapel was built in 1854 with the Sunday school being built in 1896 according to the historic Cornwall report (although there is date variation). There is a suggestion that the chapel itself was rebuilt.
The Chapel is still active as Bugle Methodist Church on the St Austell Circuit.
An old interior shot can be seen here:
This building, at Boot, was apparently replaced by the current chapel in Whitstone in 1863, as the village website tells us https://whitstonevillage.com/history/
There is also a picture.
Jo Lewis adds:
Wheal Busy Bible Christian chapel is dated 1863 and was the chapel for the Wheal Busy Mine.
It stands along a single track lane. From Blackwater take the road opposite the Red Lion Pub, going under the A30. Take the next right turn, opposite a track and follow the road up the hill and per the railway. Take a right at the phone box down a track, and the chapel appears in front of you on the right.
It is described as one of the best surviving complete examples of the simple wayside chapel in Cornwall and one of only 6 examples of its type to retain all the original fittings including box pews.
The chapel became Wheal Busy Methodist Church in 1932 and closed as a Methodist society in 1972, but has continued as an independent church.
The Sunday school was further down the track – it is now residential.
Sorry, but I didn’t note the source of the suggestion that the chapel at one time became a library. Maybe the school library was in that building?
As far as I am aware the former chapel has not been used as a library, but was taken over by the Shrewsbury High School for Girls sometime in the 1980s. Fortunately the impressive façade has not been altered.
David Tonks points out that a couple of these books have recently been added to the Internet Archive:
Thomas Shaw’s The Bible Christians 1815 – 1907 is at: https://archive.org/details/biblechristians10000shaw
and Richard Pyke’s The early Bible Christians is at:
Although neither of them can be downloaded, they are both in the ‘Borrow for one hour category’ which is free for registered users; each hour can be extended if no-one else wants the book..
I’ve added information about the previous chapel in Bethel Street.
I’ve combined a second page on Shelley Far Bank Methodist New Connexion chapel with this one. The chapel is a grade II Listed Building. You can read the formal description and see a picture here.
The chapel is wider than it is long and has galleries on three sides.
Grid Reference: SE 20187 10919
I’ve added the map and the request for a picture from a previous page on this chapel.
The former chapel building is occupied in 2020 by KD Carpets. The Sunday School extension to the rear of the building still stands (2019) although windows have been bricked up.
Designed in the Baroque Revival style, probably by EJ Dodgshun, you can read the description and see a picture on the Historic England Listed Buildings index here.
Grid Reference: SE 28975 32276
I have been researching my late wife, Janet Fincher’s family tree and I believe her uncle. Percy Robert Fincher designed the church built in the 1930s (ref articles from the Hull Daily Mail recording the opening). The structure was apparently brick on an iron frame and my son, Mark Hammond, a restoration architect, says that method of construction turned out to have a limited life span which presumably resulted in the current building. Best regards, David Hammond
David, I think this is now maintained as a Methodist Cemetery. I suggest you contact the Bude and Holsworthy Methodist Circuit – website https://www.budeandholsworthymethodists.org.uk for clarification of the status of the chapel.
I wish to know if this church is still open or is it non functional to visitors it seems the grounds to it are maintained. Please respond. Thank you. Dave
This is one of those tricky locations: when built the chapel was in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Do you have an image of the Wesleyan Church at St Columb Major. It was demolished in 1963 and turned into a carpark
With Regards Diane Radmore
The building next door is apparently the manse, where the missionary Samuel Pollard was born. It is a listed building, and a description may be found here https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1143565
This building started life in 1837 as a Wesleyan Methodist Association chapel, and is now a listed building. A decription may be found at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1138307
I’ve added a download of the document as a pdf file to make it more accessible.
This appears to have been the first Bible Christian chapel in Helstone. It was not registered by 1867, but appears as a Bible Christian chapel on the OS maps of 1882. By the time the maps were revised in 1905 it had become the Sunday School, and the congregation had moved into the former Wesleyan chapel, which has its own page as Helstone Bible Christian chapel 2.
The chapel is a Grade II Listed Building and you can see the specification here: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1386521
The building is now part of Leeds Metropolitan University and is grade II listed. You can see the detail of the listing here: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1255652
This is my great great grandfather. We were always led to believe that he and his wife were poisoned by the water supply which killed them. They left four children – William Henry who became a doctor, Ernest a cinema owner, Mary and Clement. The four children were split up – the two elder went to live with a Reverend Turner in London and the younger two went to their grandparents, Abraham Sharman, a grocer, in Sheffield.
To answer John Pollards question. The stone plaque still remains but not on the building shown here – next door We put up a plaque on the house he was born in (shown here) as otherwise it was not noted. A large Methodist service in Hong Kong that I attended in 2015 mentioned him by name as one of their founders under God. He was a great man.