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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.
I see there’s an old Building News 1898 print for sale on Ebay right now 14/06/2021 of the Waverley Park Chapel and Schools. The Building News was a wonderful resource for architecture with added information pertaining to the buildings that were featured. See Ebay link here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284326879120?hash=item423333df90:g:Z6cAAOSwWeFgnDd0
Hello, I think Heber Goldsworthy was a great great uncle. My mum has a copy of a Methodist magazine that details the tragedy of his murder. I also have family photos which I think feature Heber.
Anthony, Records associated with Methodist Missionaries are held and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London on behalf of the church. I would suggest that you make contact with SOAS to see if they would accept them into that collection. Alternatively you could contact the Liaison Officer for Methodist Archives (email: email@example.com) who will be happy to offer further guidance on the most sensible option.
My late Father-in-law was Doctor T.G. Rewcastle-Woods. I have his diaries written in 1934-35 when he was a Medical Methodist Missionaire in Yunan. He visited the Miao people many times and took services. The Church was built when he was working at the Hospital inChungChou (not sure how to spell it !) What could I do with the diaries as I am 83 and need to find a home for them.? Samuel Pollards grave stone is still visible in Padstow Church Cemetry. I live 8 miles away.
Hello Ann and Paul My mother was very excited when I shared this little piece of yours, with her. Paul , how wide has your search been for the family. My mother has heard only information regarding Heber via word of mouth. but the relationship with my grandmother hovers around cousin / great uncle. . and now I too need to look for a copy of this book. I realise there has been many years passed but are either of you able to help me. kind regards
My grandmother (Alice Maude Goldsworthy) married name Johnson. Was one of Heber’s cousins.
By 1956 the membership was 62.
The Minutes of this Conference may be found elsewhere on this site https://www.myunitedmethodists.org.uk/content/research-resources/minutes-of-the-first-conference-of-the-united-methodist-church
This chapel is listed in the Free Methodist manual of 1898 as one of theirs, in the Shrewsbury Circuit, so there is no doubt.
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 24 November 1883, page 7. “MADELEY WOOD. METHODIST NEW CONNEXION ZION CHAPEL. The above chapel, having been closed for cleaning and painting, was opened for Divine service on Sunday last, when Rev. J. Stark (circuit minister) preached in the morning; Mr. W. H. Brocksop, of Madeley, in the afternoon; and Mr. W. Bemrose, of Dawley, in the evening. The congregations were very good, and the collections, which were in aid of the Renovation Fund, amounted to £9 3s. 6d. On the following Monday afternoon, a public tea meeting was held, when a large number sat down. A public meeting also took place afterwards, which was addressed by Revs. D. Brearley (of Wolverhampton), W. Chapman (of Madeley), and J. Stark (Dawley), &c. Mr. H. P. Dunnill, of Broseley, presided.” ———————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 30 August 1884, page 7. “MADELEY WOOD. ZION METHODIST NEW CONNEXION CHAPEL. On Tuesday, the children of the Sunday School connected with this place of worship had their annual treat. The tea was laid in the schoolroom, and ample justice was done to the good fare provided for the scholars. Tea being over, each child was made the happy recipient of a suitable book. They then proceeded to a field, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. J. Page, where numerous games were played, and racing took place, the winners being presented with prizes …”. ———————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 13 April 1889, page 7. [MADELEY WOOD] “ENTERTAINMENT. An entertainment in aid of the society fund of the Methodist New Connexion Church, Madeley Wood, was given in the Wharfage Room, Ironbridge, on the 4th inst., to a full house … At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the performers and a special one to Mr. Evans, who so ably presided at the painoforte as soloist and accompanist.” ———————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 28 January 1893, page 8. [MADELEY WOOD] “BAZAAR. In order to wipe off a small debt on Zion Chapel, the Methodist New Connexion people, who worship there, had a bazaar in the Wharfage Lecture Room on Tuesday and Wednesday, which was fairly well attended … Mr. White, in opening the proveedings, referred to the origin of the Methodist New Connexion, its age (nearly 100 years), and its purpose – pioneers of a liberal policy and of democratic method of government. On the motion of Mr. Boycott a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. White for his kindness in coming amongst them to open the bazaar.” ———————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 3 November 1900, page 11. “IRONBRIDGE. A CHAPEL CLOSED. The chapel known as “Zions”, belonging to the Methodist New Connexion, through want of support was this week closed by the trustees, and the last sermon was preached on Sunday.” ————————————
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 24 Otober 1891, page 8. “LAWLEY BANK. CHAPEL RE-OPENING. The trustees of the Methodist New Connexion Chapel have been under the necessity of spending large sums of money in the renovation of their chapel, and, as will be seen from the advertising space, arrangements are being made for its re-opening tomorrow, when they appeal for special aid.”
Page 1 of the same newspaper, contains an advertisement for the above, stating that Mr. B. Owen of Willenhall would preach in the morning and evening, and the Rev. E. W. Cook of Dawley, would preach in the afternoon. ————————————
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 27 February 1858, page 3. “HOLLINSWOOD. On Sunday Feb. 21st. the friends of the Methodist New Connexion, Hollinswood, celebrated their Chapel Anniversary. The Rev. G. Wood preached in the morning, the Rev. Mr. Warner, (Independent), in the afternoon, and Mr. Morgan, in the evening. The attendance was good. The choir, superintended by Mr R. Pool rendered notable service on the occasion. £1 19s. 7½d, was collected on behalf of the Trust Fund.” ———————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 2 September 1865, page 3. “HOLLINSWOOD. MEMORIAL STONE LAYING. On Monday last very interesting services were held in connection with the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Hollinswood. It had been determined to take the front gable down and carry the chapel forward sufficiently to allow a school-room to be made out of the back part of it by putting a wood partition across, the partition to be a moveable one, so that it can be taken down on special occasions, and the chapel and school be thrown into one. On Monday the memorial stone of the new part was laid by Mr. G. Powis, of Dawley-bank, who gave an appropriate address. The Rev. L Saxton conducted the devotional portion of the service, and also delivered a short address. A collection was made on the ground which amounted to £11 10s. 6d. A numerously attended tea meeting was afterwards held in the chapel. After tea Mr. G. Powis was called to the chair, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. L. Saxton, and Messrs. Heaford, Rickers?, Banks, Darrall, Watkins, Green, and Durnall.” —————————————
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 20 January 1837, page 3. [BRANDLEE] “On the 9th inst. a Tea Party was held in the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Dawley Green, at which 130? [first digit unclear] of the members, seat-holders and friends of that community, sat down together. The room was very tastefully ornamented with evergreens. During the evening several favourite Anthems, and pieces taken from the works of Handel, &c. were sung by an excellent choir of singers. The meeting was addressed by Mr. Woodroff, Mr. Heaford, Mr. Prosser, and Mr. Ridley, the resident minister. The proceeds were devoted towards defraying the expenses incurred by alterations in the Chapel.” ——————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 8 August 1857, page 3 “DAWLEY GREEN. The Methodist New Connexion have now commenced special services in connection with Brandlee Chapel, to be continued for four weeks. On Sunday last, out-door worship was held, morning and afternoon, when Messrs T. Rickers, R. Rickers, Powis, Becan, Bickerton, Morgan and Nock addressed the meeting. In the evening, the Rev. G. Wood preached an instructive sermon, selecting for his text – “Pray without ceasing.” ——————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 21 November 1903, page 11. “RE-OPENING SERVICES. The Brandlee Methodist New Connexion Chapel having undergone a thorough renovation, efforts were made on Sunday and Monday to reduce the debt thereby accruing. The Rev. M. J. Birks was the special preacher, and the three discourses which he delivered were highly appreciated. At the various services the choir rendered an anthem. On Monday, under the chairmanship of Mr. A. Rhodes, an organ recital was given by Mr. Theo. Trevor of Madeley, and several vocal and instrumental items were rendered … A vote of thanks was accorded the performers.”
I have a marriage certificate relating to a wedding that took place here on 18th December 1887. Groom: James William Bagnall, Age 20, bachelor, bootmaker, living at 9 Osborn St, Walworth. Father James Robert Bagnall Shoemaker. Bride: Louisa Pullen, Age 20, spinster, living at 98 Chatham St. Father John Edward Pullen Engine Driver. “Married in the Brunswick Chapel, Gt Dover St, according toi the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist New Connexion by Certificate by me, W. W. Howard, Minister. Signature of Registrar is illegible
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.