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This is the 1906 building successor to the former Ebenezer Chapel of 1850. I believe Ebenezer was demolished when the new Sunday School was built in 1932
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 20 November 1858, page 2. [United Methodist Free Church] “OPENING OF THE NEW CHAPEL AT OVERLEY HILL. The services connected with the opening of this very neat and commodious place of worship were held on Sunday last, on which occasion the Rev. J. Maysey preached in the morning, from 2nd Chron. vii, 16 … And in the evening, from Psalm lxiii. 2 … These sermons were appropriate and powerful, and the audiences very large and respectable. In the afternoon T. Brocas, Esq., preached a suitable sermon to a crowded congregation. The collections during the day were exceedingly handsome, and highly creditable to the friends connected with this cause.” ———————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 21 October 1899, page 7. “OVERLEY HILL. UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH. Sermons on behalf of home and foreign missions were preached in the above place of worship on Sunday by Mr. Burnett of Shrewsbury. On Tuesday evening the annual meeting was held, presided over by Mr. John Owen of Steeraway, and able and interesting addresses given by the Rev. S. Langdon, of Hadley (many years missionary in Ceylon), and Rev. J. E. Arnuld of Shrewsbury. Miss Nellie Heywood sang two hymns in Singhalese.” ———————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 14 January 1899, page 6. “OVERLEY HILL. UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH. Yesterday week the annual soiree in connection with the above was held, when … a large number of people came together, and ladies and gentlemen from Shrewsbury and Wellington rendered valuable help in executing a well-arranged programme, which made the effort quite as enjoyable and successful as in previous years …”. ———————-
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.” ———————————– 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.” ———————————– 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 … “. ———————————-
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 5 July 1862, page 4. “OAKENGATES. LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A NEW CHAPEL. On Monday last the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of a new chapel belonging to the United Methodist Free Churches took place at four o’clock in the afternoon, in the presence of a very large assemblage of people. A number of ministers and friends formed in procession at the independent schoolrooms (the use of which had been kindly lent for the day) and proceeded to the site of the building, which is situate near the Great Western railway station, at this place. A platform had been erected, and amongst the gentlemen who occupied it we observed the Rev. J. Caughey (from America), Rev. R. Poole (Sheffield), Rev. T. Whitehouse, Rev. J. Bowler, Rev. J. Maysey, Rev. F. Jones (pastor of the new chapel), &c., &c. The Rev. G. Jones gave out a hymn, which having been sung, the Rev. J. Maysey engaged in prayer. The Rev. R. Poole as then called upon to address the meeting … .” ——————————— SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 24 April 1863, page 6. “OAKENGATES. OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL. On Sunday last, the opening of the new chapel in connection with the United Free (Wesleyan) Churches took place. The Rev. J. Everett, of Sunderland, preached in the morning and evening; the Rev. W. Marriott, Independent minister, of Oakengates, in the afternoon. The sum collected towards the erection of the chapel was £32 8s. The chapel is built of blue and white fire bricks, and has an imposing appearance. Attached to the chapel is a lecture or vestry room, which will contain 200 persons. The chapel will hold 300; and instead of the old-fashioned pulpit, has a rostrum, at the back of which are folding-doors opening into the vestry-room, to be made available when the chapel is overcrowded. The pews are not too high, and the whole of the woodwork is of red pine, stained and varnished. There were 350 present at the morning service, and 500 in the evening.” ———————————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 2 May 1863, page 3. “OAKENGATES. OPENING OF BETHESDA NEW CHAPEL. On Sunday last the continuation of the opening services of Bethesda New Chapel, belonging to the United Methodist Free Churches, at Oakengates, was held, when the Rev. Joseph Garside, of Manchester, preached two excellent discourses in the morning and evening, and the Rev. Thomas Skemp, Baptist minister, of Dawley-bank, in the afternoon. The collections made after the sermons amounted to £13 8s. 0d., making a total of £60 1s. 5d., which has been collected at the series of opening services held in this chapel. We understand the Rev. Mr. Guttridge will preach in the chapel on the evening of the 20th May next, and collections made towards the building fund.” —————————— UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCHES MAGAZINE, 1864, page 406. “WELLINGTON CIRCUIT. OAKENGATES – BETHESDA CHAPEL. On Sunday, April 24th, the first anniversary sermons in connection with this place of worship, were preached, by the Rev. Joseph Garside, of Manchester, morning and evening; and by the Rev. F. Hemus, Baptist minister, of Donnington Wood, in the afternoon. On the following Monday evening, a lecture was given by the Rev. J. Garside, on ‘Life and its Objects’; the Rev. W. Marriott, Independent minister of Oakengates, occupied the chair … The congregations were excellent, and the sum of £26 was collected towards liquidating the debt on the chapel … “. —————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 25 June 1878, page 1. “BETHESDA CHAPEL, OAKENGATES. The above chapel, having been purchased by the Wesleyan Methodists, will be opened by them for DIVINE WORSHIP. TOMORROW (SUNDAY), JUNE 16th. TWO SERMONS WILL BE PREACHED BY THE REV. JOSHUA PREISTLY, of Chorley, formerly Minister in Wellington Circuit … “. —————————–
Peaselands was the farmhouse of Henry Thornborrow (1784-1846) and may still be found at grid reference NY631198. It is a listed building, and a photograph dating from 1936 may be found at https://www.british-history.ac.uk/rchme/westm/plate-19
Thornborrow was very much involved with the WMA and his obituary, which I have added to this site, contains a contemporary account of worship on this site
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 1 April 1853, page 1. “TO CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS. PARTIES desirous of giving in Tenders for the ERECTION of the new WESLEYAN [REFORMERS] CHAPEL, Castle Fields, Shrewsbury, may inspect the Plans and Specifications at the Shop of Mr. Peter Wilde, Bookseller, Pride Hill, on and after Monday, April 4th, until the following Friday. Tenders are to be sent in to Mr. P. Wilde by Thursday 14th April …”. ———————————————- SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 29 April 1853, page 4. “WESLEYAN REFORM MOVEMENT. REV. J. EVERETT IN SHREWSBURY. ” … Shrewsbury friends are on the eve of erecting a neat and commodious chapel … the foundation stone of the chapel having been laid on Tuesday last, by the Rev. James Everett, one of the first three ministers expelled by the Wesleyan Conference. The site of the building is situate on a part of the Castle Fields Estate, recently purchased by the Shrewsbury Freehold Land and Building Society … The dimensions of the chapel will be forty-nine feet long by thirty-one feet wide, and there will be a school-room and two vestries underneath … the walls will be built of red and white brick, it will be an open roof, and there will be stall seats instead of pews … LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE. The friends assembled … shortly after three o’clock … the service was commenced … Mr. GEORGE then offered up prayer … Underneath the foundation stone, in a morticed stone, was fixed a glass bottle, containing a plan of the building and an account of the proceedings connected therewith … THE TEA MEETING took place at five o’clock in the large room, Severn Street, Castle fields … About 250 persons sat down to tea … the whole of the tables were furnished by Mrs. George, at her own expense; consequently, the proceeds arising fro the sale of tickets will be devoted entire to the chapel building fund. We may also state that Mr. George has contributed £100 to the fund … the room was arranged for the public meeting which commenced at seven o’clock, the chair being occupied by Mr. George … MR. JONES, of Hadley, in moving the subjoined resolution, gave an interesting sketch of the origin of the reform movement in the Wellington circuit … “. ————————————
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 7 September 1855, page 6. “OAKENGATES. LAYING THE FIRST STONE OF A NEW METHODIST REFORM CHAPEL. On Thursday, the 30th August, the above interesting ceremony was performed at Pain’s Lane, near Oakengates … The building, which will be plain and rather small, after a design by Mr. Davies, is to be raised by Mr. J. Millington, of Ketley, at a cost, we believe, of £260. The work is to be superintended by Mr. J. Peplow, of Oakengates. The site selected for the chapel is beautifully situate on a rising piece of ground … The ceremony was witnessed by a large number of spectators, and was commenced by the singing of hymns and the offering of an extempore prayer. The Rev. Mr. Jones, of Hadley, then read the following paper:- ‘Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Pain’s Lane. This foundation stone was laid August the thirtieth … by the Rev. W. Griffiths, for the erection of a chapel for the use of those Wesleyan methodists who were either expelled from the Nabb society, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, because they could not conscientiously subscribe to the doings of the Conference, or who left it in disgust in consequence of twenty-one local preachers being left out of the circuit plan because they would not disconnect themselves from the Snedshill society – the trustees of whose chapel having offended the preachers by refusing to make some of the conference collections. Having worshipped in houses for the last three years under great inconvenience, they have, after much prayer … resolved upon this erection.’ Here followed a list of the trustees &c. The paper was then placed in a handsome glass bottle and deposited in the stone; after which, the Rev. W. Griffith of Derby, was requested to lay the first stone … Apparantly to the surprise of the assemblage, the rev. gentleman declined, however, to do so, stating, as his reason, that he was opposed to all forms whatever, and this amongst the number – and that not being a mason or a bricklayer, he saw no reason for taking the task out of the hands of the workmen who were present. Two bricklayers then placed the stone. Mr. Griffith then made a long address in the course of which he animadverted in strong terms upon the practices of the Wesleyan Conference; practices which, he said, were not barely honest, and which betrayed a desire to obtain a despotic priestly supremacy equal to that of the Pope of Rome himself. He warned them, however, that the Reformers were still active, and said the erection of this chapel would be a lesson they would do well to profit by. At the conclusion of the address, prayers were again offered, and the asemblage dispersed. A sum of £3 16s. 2d. was collected on the ground. In the evening, a tea party was held in Snedshill Chapel in aid of the building fund, which was very numerously attended. Appropriate addresses were made, and several pieces of music sung, during the evening.” ————————————
OSWESTRY ADVERTISER, 30 July 1890, page 3. “FOUNDATION STONE LAYING AT LOWER FRANKTON. The foundation stones of a Free Methodist Chapel were laid at Lower Frankton on Saturday [26th July]. The greatest part of the work has been done by the Rev. J. Walter Thomas, and a chapel, to hold 150 persons is now in course of erection. The building is being done by Messes Kesterton and Son of Ellesmere, the contract price being £185, which, with a few necessary extras, will amount to about £200. The land for the site was given by Mr. J. W. Thomas, and also £50 subscription, and a subscription of £10 was given by Mr. J. Shaw of Sheffield. On Saturday afternoon six foundation stones were laid. A tent was erected near the site, and a capital tea was sat down to by about 230 people … In the interval the Ellesmere Drum and Fife Band played selections of music. Representatives were present from Frankton, Tetchill, Hordley, Whittington, and Ellesmere, and at the ceremony there were over three hundred present … The Rev. J. W. Thomas then called upon his wife to lay the first – the Frankton – stone … she hoped the new place of worship would be a great blessing to Lower Frankton … The following stones were also laid:- On behalf of Tetchill … Hordley … Whittington … Trefonen … and Ellesmere … The company then adjourned to the tent, where a public meeting was held … The proceedings were opened with the singing of the anthem, ‘Thou shall keep him in perfect peace,’ by the combined choir of the Trefonen, Dudleston, Lower Frankton, and Maesbury choirs. The Rev. T. Caseley … [said] Thirty-three years ago three men, named Everett, Donne [i.e. Dunn], and Griffith George [sic. William Griffith], circulated fly-sheets, for which they were expelled from the Wesleyan body … The congregation could not hold any meeting without the consent of the preacher. They had no voice in the matter of inviting other preachers. The Free Church had this power in their own hands. This was a great obstacle in the way of their amalgamating with the parent body … The Rev. J. W. Thomas then addressed the meeting, and handed over the deeds of conveyance of the church property … Their chapel was not of mushroom growth, for it had been talked about for years upon years. People had been crying out for a chapel that could be built within their reach and that they could attend. There was a very large number of people in the district who had never attended a place of worship at all … after the choir had sung an anthem, the meeting closed.” ——————————— OSWESTRY ADVERTISER, 1 October 1890, page 7. “CHAPEL OPENING AT LOWER FRANKTON. On Saturday [27th September], the opening services in connection with the newly-erected Methodist Free Church at Lower Frankton, were held, when a large number of friends were present from Dudleston, Chirk, St. Martins, Preesgweene, and Ellesmere. In the afternoon a tea … was supplied in a tent near the chapel … After the tea a public meeting was held, when the chapel was crowded … a long list of subscribers, which included Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart., the Right Hon. G. Osborne Morgan, M.P., Mr Stanley Leighton, M.P., Col. Barnes, The Quinta, and Mr C. H. Wright, Halston … Choirs from Dudleston, St. Martins, and Chirk Green rendered a musical service during the evening.”
If you do a search on this site for Neath Port Talbot you will find a piece of work I prepared for the Bible Christian Bicentenary on all the BC churches in the present circuit if you are interested.
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 24 November 1866, page 5. “OAKENGATES. LAYING OF A FOUNDATION STONE. On Monday last the memorial stone of a new chapel was laid in Commercial Street, Oakengates, for the use of the Methodist New Connexion, by A. Pilling, Esq. of Bolton. The Revs. L. Saxton, of Oldbury, and J. Harker, circuit minister, Dawley, took part in the service. Mr. W. Heaford, of Madeley, presented a beautiful trowel and mallet to Mr. Pilling. A bottle containing the rules of the connexion, a plan of the circuit, a bill announcing the service of the day, a list of trustees, was placed in a cavity in the stone … The amount realised as £63. The chapel is intended to seat more than 200 people, and erected at a cost of about £400. Tea was provided in the Baptist Chapel, kindly lent for the occasion …”. —————————————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 22 March 1890, page 4. “To be let, or sold, the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, situate in Slaney Street [re-named from Commercial Street], Oakengates. For particulars, apply to Messrs. W. H. Rushton and E. E. Dudley, Stafford Road, Oakengates …”. —————————————–
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE, 1858, page 664. “DAWLEY CIRCUIT … We are also happy to state that, we have commenced operations towards the erection of the intended new chapel at Madeley. Our way seems clear, and the trustees purpose to have it ready for Divine service before next Conference.” —————————– METHODIST NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE, 1859, pages 692-3. “DAWLEY GREEN CIRCUIT. lAYING THE FOUNDATION-STONE OF A CHAPEL AT MADELEY. The want of a chapel at Madeley has long been felt by some of our best friends in this circuit. About four years ago a piece of land was purchased in Park-lane, at the northern extremity of the town. The site is considered a good one, there being a large population, and no place of worship anywhere near … a body of trustees formed, and about £100 promised … the first stone was laid November 7th … a large and respectable concourse of people assembled to witness the interesting ceremony. The Rev. S. Smith gave out the hymn … Prayer being offered by Mr. John Morgan, the Rev. S. Smith read the 84th Psalm … Mr. Heaford then presented a trowel and mallet to Mr. Pilling of Bolton, who, after placing a bottle containing a plan of the circuit, a list of the names of trustes, the builder’s name, &c. in a cavity of the stone, proceeded to lay it in the usual manner … The friends then adjourned to the Court-room, in the lower part of Madeley, where about 220 sat down to an excellent tea … The speaker, in strong terms, expressed his disapproval of chapel debts … He then read a list of subscriptions promised towards the new erection. The various sums given and promised make a total of about £100. The Chapel Committee promises £50, on the condition that no debt remains. As the chapel will cost at the least £310, there is yet to raise £160 … The meeting was afterwards addressed by Messrs. I. Guy, J. Morgan, W. Heaford, E. Spragg, and T. Evans. The friends separated about nine o’clock, highly pleased with what they had seen and heard.” —————————– METHODIST NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE, 1860, Page 605. “MADELEY CHAPEL. DAWLEY GREEN CIRCUIT. The opening services of this beautiful chapel were conducted by the Revs. W. Cooke, J. Poxon, T. Mills, S. Smith, and Mr. Marston, on June 6th, the 10th, and 17th, 1860. The services were deeply interesting, and the collections were first-rate — £60! The entire cost of Bethesda, including the purchase of the land, is £330; and our promised receipts towards this sum, with the Conference grant, are £300, leaving us deficit £30, which sum we hope soon to raise by the generosity of our friends … Our chapel will seat 250 persons; its length is 40 feet by 29 feet. It is now four months since our Bethesda was opened for Divine worship, and bless the Lord, some souls have been converted. The young flock to this house, and we hope soon to reap a rich harvest of souls. Amen.” —————————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 15 October 1898, page 7. “METHODIST NEW CONNEXION CHAPEL. This place of worship, which has been closed for renovation purposes during the past four weeks, was re-opened on Sunday. Sepcial sermons were delivered to good congregations morning and evening by the Rev. P. Wycherley of Dawley. In the afternoon a service of song, entitled “The River Singers” was rendered by the choir, which had been augmented for the occasion, in a very efficient manner; the connective readings being taken by Mr. Southouse of Madeley Wood. Miss Pace presided at the harmonium. Collections were made at thc close of each service in aid of the Renovation Fund.” ———————————
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE, 1864, PAGE 648 “DAWLEY AND MADELEY CIRCUIT. LAYING THE FOUNDATION-STONE OF A NEW CHAPEL. On Monday, August 15th, the foundation-stone of a new chapel was laid at Lightmoor, in this circuit. The weather was splendid, and a large company assembled to witness the interesting ceremony … the stone was laid by our respected friend, Mr. Edwin Clayton … Addresses were then delivered by the Rev. L. Saxton, and Messrs. Evans, Barker, and Powis, and a collection was made in behalf of the building fund. A numerously attended tea-meeting was also held, in connexion with the occasion, in a tent erected for the purpose. The friends at Lightmoor have long wanted a chapel … ” ——————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 15 April 1865, page 3. “LIGHTMOOR. CHAPEL OPENING. On Sunday last the chapel recently erected at the above place by the Methodist New Connexion was opened for Divine Worship. T. George, Esq., of Tipton, preached morning and evening, and the Rev. L Saxton, of Dawley, in the afternoon. The congregations were very good, and the collections amounted to £12 1s. 6d. The singing was excellent, and gave additional interest to the services. The chapel, though comparatively small, is a neat structure.” ———————————
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE, 1864, p. 335 “DAWLEY AND MADELEY CIRCUITS. Laying the Foundation-stone of a New Chapel. For a considerable number of years, we have had a small interest on Longwood, a village about six miles distant from Dawley … Latterley, the friends at Longwood have become very anxious for a chapel, and their wishes are now in the way of being realized. A suitable site could not be obtained in Longwood, but a very eligible one has been secured in … Eaton Constantine … Good Friday was the day fixed upon the the laying of the foundation-stone. The day was beautifully fine, and a large concourse of friends assembled … The proceedings commenced by singing through the village. On reaching the site of the intended erection, a hymn was sung, prayer was offered, and suitable portions of Scripture were read. The stone was then laid by our greatly esteemed friend, John Davies, Esq., of Liverpool … Adddresses were afterwards delivered by the writer [L. Saxton], and Mr. Yale, and the service was brought to a close. A liberal collection was made in behalf of the building fund. Tea was gratuitously provided by the kindness of friends at the adjacent houses, and several meetings were held after tea … The dimensions of the chapel will be thirty-feet long by twenty-one wide. it is duly secured to the Connexion.”
———————————— METHODIST NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE, 1864, pages 708-9. “DAWLEY AND MADELEY CIRCUIT. OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL. On Sunday, September 11th, our new chapel at Eaton Constantine, near Longwood, was opened for divine worship. Our highly esteemed friend, J. Davies, Esq., of Liverpool, a native of the village, and whose venerable father, 90 years of age, still lives there, preached two sermons on the occasion. The congregations were very good, and the collections amounted to £20. The weather was fine, and it was quite a high day in the village. On the following day we held a tea-meeting in the chapel … after tea, our worthy friend Mr. Edwin Clayton was called upon to preside … and addresses … were delivered by the Rev. L. Saxton, J. Davies, Esq., and Messrs. Heaford, Powis, and Jones … The profits of the tea were about £5 … The chapel, though comparatively small, is a neat structure, stands well, and is an ornament to the village. The site is a part of the land that belonged to the venerated Richard Baxter, and is near the house in which he resided …”. ——————————–
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 25 August 1843, page 2. “The Corner Stone of an intended New Chapel at Bicton’s Heath, near this town, was laid by the friends of the Methodist New Connexion, on Wednesday, Aug. 2nd. The attendance was very numerous. The Chapel will be raised at the expense of T. Brocas, Esq. of Copthorn House; whose son, an interesting boy about 9 years old, assisted by the Rev. H. Watts, laid the first stone, after which addresses were delivered, hymns sung, and prayers offered up, in the hearing of a serious and deeply affected crowd.” —————————— SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 17 November 1843, page 2. “BETHEL CHAPEL, BICTON HEATH, NEAR SHREWSBURY. Will be opened for Divine Worship on SUNDAY, the 26th of November, the Rev. R. WALLER, of Burslem, will preach at half-past ten in the morning, and six o’clock in the evening; and the Rev. H. WATTS, of Shrewsbury, at half-past two o’clock. No collections. All the sittings are free. A Sabbath School will be opened, and children and grown up persons will be taught to read gratuitously on Sunday mornings.” —————————— SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, Friday 21 November 1890, page 8. “BICTON HEATH. AT BETHEL CHAPEL last Sunday Mr Bourne preached two suitable sermons. On Thursday the annual meeting was held under the presidency of Mr H. Teece. Addresses were given by Mr J. Elkes, Jas. Groucher, and the Rev. H. Hope (deputation). The chapel was nearly full, the meeting inspiriting, and the collection excellent – £3.” —————————— SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 14 March 1902, page 8. “BICTON HEATH. BETHEL CHAPEL. This chapel has recently been repaired and painted at a considerable expense, and it has been decided to pay off as much of the renovation debt as possible by a series of entertainments. The first of these was given on Thursday evening week, under the auspices of the Ebenezer (Shrewsbury) Christian Endeavour Society, with the assistance of a few friends. The Rev. E. Lloyd Lewis presided over a large audience. An attractive programme was gone through … Before closing Mr. R. Price, on behalf of the Bicton friends, thanked the performers for coming from Shrewsbury and giving them a pleasant evening.” —————————–
The story of this chapel is told very well on the current Circuit website https://www.neathporttalbotmethodist.org.uk/glyncorrwg/
You are right, of course, Philip. We decided to put Independent Methodists on this site rather than ignore them all together. Perhaps we should make a separate category for them on My Methodist History instead?
Roose Road Bible Christian chapel was opened in 1877 according to the 1970 Property statistics. The baptismal register, however, appears to start in 1875. A photograph of the chapel may be found on Genuki.
My Independent Methodist friends would tell us that they would not describe themselves as United Methodists. The IM movement has never been formally connected with the other branches of Methodism.
I’ve added a picture of Salem chapel from The centenary of the Methodist New Connexion 1797-1897 by T.D. Crothers, T. Rider, W. Longbottom and W.J. Townsend. London: Geo. Burroughs, 1897. It was provided by Philip Thornborow,
Brunswick Church was apparently in Great Dover Road, Southwark. According to the Religious Census of London, on Sunday 24th October 1886 the morning congregation was 134, with 229 attending in the evening. A further survey carried out in 1902-03 and published as the Religious Life of London was more detailed. The morning congregation consisted of 26 men, 20 women and 73 children, whilst in the afternoon or evening 41 men, 64 women and 54 children attended. Southwark Local History Library and Archive have Minutes from the Church for the 1920s, but it does not appear in the 1940 Methodist Statistical returns.
References: The Religious Census of London. Hodder and Stoughton, 1887 p16 The Religious Life of London. Hodder and Stoughton, 1904 p258
The chapel in Meeting Street was the first home in Quorndon for the Wesleyan Reform movement.
On 31st March 1851 Jabez Jarratt, local preacher, reported that the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Meeting Street Quorndon had been converted from a dwelling house into a place of worship on October 25th, 1850. It could seat 60, and on the previous day, Sunday 30th March 40 had attended morning worship and 43 in the evening. Their average attendance since opening had been 40 in the morning and 35 in the evening. Jabez Jarratt was born in Hathern in 1809 and baptised a Wesleyan. He is listed on the 1845 Preaching plan for the Loughborough Wesleyan Circuit. He lived in Loughborough, on Leicester Road (moving to Bedford Street, where he died in 1862), and was an assessor of taxes and rate collector.
No one has been unable to discover exactly where in Meeting Street the Wesley Reformers met, but they moved to School Lane in 1855. The chapel marked on maps in Meeting Street at SK557163 was the Primitive Methodist chapel. The story of Wesley Chapel, Quorn may be found on this page.
I think Philip’s contribution on Loughborough suggests a solution to the problem of the name on the maps. Because the reformers were determined not to be seen as not being a breakaway group they often referred to themsleves as Wesleyan Reform Branch shortened by those unfamiliar with the details to Wesleyans. There are several examples in the office notes attached to the 1851 returns. It is not difficult to see others following the same route
Very pleasing to see images added to my data so soon after publication. It looks to me as if the fenestration is much altered, probably for conversion to a residence. Can anyone able to make a site visit confirm (or demolish) my suspicion that the original windows were tall, relatively narrow and probably round top.
The Wesley Reform chapel and the the Methodist New Connexion one were, indeed, the very same building.
The Wesley Reformers were expelled from Wesleyan Methodism in 1850. In Loughborough about 100 members including stewards, class leaders and local preachers were forced out. For a year they met in borrowed premises, before building Wood Gate in 1851. They expressed their view that it was they who were faithful to their founder by calling it “Wesley Chapel”. Unlike most of the other Wesley Reformers who helped found the United Methodist Free Churches in 1857, they chose to join with the Methodist New Connexion (the first group to split from the Wesleyans). In 1907 the MNC and the UMFC merged to form the United Methodist Church, and this congregation joined the UMFC members in Sparrow Hill chapel. Wood Gate was sold in 1910 and having been used by John Corah Printers the building was apparently demolished in 1988.
Source: Richardson, S.Y. Bright Hope: Methodism in Loughborough 4. Heritage, Vol. 8 no. 2, 2007, pp19-31