Welcome to ‘My Wesleyan Methodists’ where you can enjoy sharing photos, memories, stories and research about anything related to the Wesleyan strand of Methodism from its 18th century beginnings until the establishment of the Methodist Church in 1932.
I was born in 1932 and used to go to Ashby Rd Chapel as a child. My brother (born 1922) was very engaged with the Young Mens’ group along with Ernie, Eric and the other members of the Wright family. Mr, Hallam was the Superintendent and he read out the notices on Sundays with some difficulty because he was scarcely literate, but utterly honest and kind.
I was trying to explain to a friend how ‘The Anniversary’ was organised in all the Methodist chapels in the town..Weslyans, Baptists, etc. and how important it was, with extra chairs being placed all down the aisles on Sunday evenngs. At about 8 or 10 I gave up on Sunday School – and indeed religion generally – when the teacher told us the Earth was 6000 years old when I already had some knowledge of paleontology and geology.
However, these were enormously formative years for me and the sense of community and fellowship is never totally lost. The chapel itself was abandoned and demolished many years ago.
The chapel has now been sold (July 2018) to be restored as a private dwelling. More historical information on http://www.bosburyhistoryresource.org.uk
Users should be aware that this is the same building that is on my page Oxford, New Inn Hall Street, Wesley Memorial Wesleyan Church, Oxfordshire