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  • Newcastle on Tyne; Hood Street Salem Methodist New Connexion chapel

    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,

    By Christopher HILL (25/01/2021)
  • Brunswick Methodist New Connexion Church, London

    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

    By Philip Thornborow (25/01/2021)
  • Quorn, Meeting Street Wesleyan Reform/Free Methodist Chapels, Leicestershire (Grid ref SK557163)

    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 at SK557163 was the Primitive Methodist chapel.
    The story of Wesley Chapel, Quorn may be found on another page.

    By Philip Thornborow (25/01/2021)
  • Sutton Bonington Zion United Methodist Free Church Chapel, Nottinghamshire

    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

    By G W Oxley (22/01/2021)