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  • Blackheath Methodist New Connexion Church

    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

    By Christopher Willetts (26/02/2021)
  • Overley Hill United Methodist Free Church chapel

    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.
    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.
    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 …”.

    By Janice Cox (19/02/2021)
  • Oswestry United Methodist Free Church chapel

    “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.”
    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.”
    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 … “.

    By Janice Cox (19/02/2021)
  • Oakengates Bethesda United Methodist Free Church/Wesleyan Methodist chapel

    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 5 July 1862, page 4.
    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.
    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.
    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.”
    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.
    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 … “.

    By Janice Cox (19/02/2021)