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Only today I found an old map of Bold Lane showing the chapel. I was most surprised.
WESLEYAN METHODIST MAGAZINE, 1830, page 187. “NEWPORT, in the Wellington Circuit, Salop. A chapel, recently converted from a theatre, was opened here for diving worship, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodists, on Sunday, the 6th and Tuesday, the 8th of December . The Rev. Messrs. Jacob Stanley, John Simpson, jun., and Robert Newton, preached on the occasion. The congregations were very large and attentive; and the collections amounted to £47 4s. 6d.: a large sum for such a place in its present circumstances. The Methodists have had preaching and a society in Newport for almost thirty years; but never, till now, had a favourable opportunity of spreading their influence in the town; being obliged to worship in a small chapel, with another body of Christians, or in a private house. The chapel is 20 yards long, and 10 wide, on the outside; and has a gallery at one end. Newport is a very important station. It is a market town, containing about 4,000 souls, and is surrounded by many populous villages; twelve of which are within about four miles: and within this circle, the town included, there are not more thant fifty members of the Methodist society. But the prospect of good opens to our view; and we hope soon to give a more pleasing report of the state of Methodism in this fine country. The chapel is freehold property, and is settled on the Methodist plan.” ——————————————
WESLEYAN METHODIST MAGAZINE, 1842, page 1038. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. “METHODISM IN WHITCHURCH”. We have also raised, and expended in the erection of a new gallery, in our chapel at Market-Drayton, upwards of £50.” ——————————— EDDOWES’S JOURNAL, 13 July 1864, page 4. “TO BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS. TENDERS are required for the ERECTION OF A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL at MARKET DRAYTON. Plans and Specifications to be seen on and after Thursday next, July 14th, at Mr. G. Eaton’s, High Street, Market Drayton, to whom sealed tenders are to be forwarded … “. ———————————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 27 August 1864, page 3. MARKET DRAYTON. “LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On Thursday afternoon last the corner stone and three other memorial stones of a new Wesleyan chapel, the erection of which is commenced on a site near the Shrewsbury Road, were laid by J. Vernon, Esq., of Liverpool, J. Corderoy, Esq., of London, T. Haslehurst, Esq., of Runcorn, and J. Lewis, Esq., of Market Drayton. The new chapel is situated mid-way between the two townships of Drayton Parva [.e. Little Drayton] and Drayton Magna [i.e. Market Drayton] … The plan is a parallelogram, 68 feet long by 38 feet wide, divided by side aisles into three bays of pews, affording accommodation for 360 worshippers. At the north end will be the communion rail, and a platform … On the western side space will be reserved for the organ and choir. At present no galleries are proposed but arrangement are made in the plan for the addition of an end gallery. At the rear of the chapel will be a lecture room, 25ft by 15ft. The style is geometric Gothic. The south elevation consists of a central gable, with central three-light tracery-headed window over the principal entrance, which latter will be recessed with shafts and carved capitals. From the south-east corner will spring a spirette about 60ft. high. The east and west sides will be divided by buttresses into bays, and lighted by eight double grouped cusped headed windows. The roof will be slated, and the masonry in brick, with stone facings. Internally the timber work will be stained and varnished. The contract has been taken at £1,045 by Mr. Tranter, of St. George’s, and the designs and specifications furnished by Mr. Bidlake, of Wolverhampton, under whose superintendence the work will be carried on. The proceedings in connection with the laying of the stones commenced shortly after two c’clock. A procession … was formed from the Market-place to the site … the Rev. R. Stepney, the superintendent of the circuit, gave out a hymn. The Rev. J. Harris then read the 24th Psalm … after which prayer was offered by Mr. Stepney. Mr. Harper then stated what documents were enclosed in the stone, the principal one being a parchment, upon which were statistics connected with the body in Market Drayton and in Great Britain. The Rev. Mr. Stepney then presented … a silver trowel to J. Vernon, Esq. …John Corderoy, Exq., of London, after being presented by Mr. Harper with a silver trowel, then laid the first [sic] memorial stone …Mr. George Eaton then presented a silver trowel to R. Hazlehurst, Rsq., who laid the 3rd. stone … J. Lewis, Esq., of Market Drayton, after receiving a silver trowel from the hands of the resident minister, the Rev. John Harris, laid the fourth and last memorial stone … and this part of the proceedings terminated. A public tea meeting was afterwards held … at which between six and seven hundred were present … The donations of the day … £76 11s. … .” ——————————– LONDON GAZETTE, 13 April 1866, page 2397. “A building named the Wesleyan Methodist Church … in the parish of Drayton-in-Hales [i.e. MarKet Drayton], … was registered for solemnising marriages … being substituted for the Old Wesleyan Methodist chapel … now disused … 6th day of April, 1866.” ———————————–
A very popular church in the ‘40s and ‘50s.
CAMBRIAN NEWS, 13 June 1873, page 4. “LOPPINGTON. LAYING A MEMORIAL STONE. On Monday, June 2nd, the memorial stones of a new Wesleyan chapel at this place, was laid, when a large company assembled to witness the ceremony. The proceedings were commenced by the Rev. J. Nelson giving out a hymn, after which the Rev. W. Martin read a portion of Scripture, ane engaged in prayer. A short address was then delivered by the Rev. J. Nelson, and six stones were delivered by the following ladies:- Mrs Tutton, Mrs Crump, Mrs Waters, Mrs Barker, Mrs Wm. Mort, and Miss Metcalf. Each of the five ladies first-named put a £5 note upon the stones, and Miss Metcalf £10. Then followed an address by the Rev. J. Hearnshaw, of Westbromwich, at the close of which a number of persons proceeded to lay a brick, each putting something on the brick, the sums varying from 1s. to £5. Nearly £12 was realised in this way. Tea was provided in a spacious marquee erected for the occasion, and in the evening an impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Hearnshaw. A collection was made at the close in aid of the building fund, and a report was read by Mr Withers showing that altogether over £80 was realised by the proceedings of the day. The chapel is intended to seat about 150, and will be built in the Gothic style.” ————————————-
WESLEYAN METHODIST MAGAZINE, 1836, page 142. “LUDLOW. The Wesleyan chapel at Ludlow, after being considerably enlarged and improved was re-opened, on Wednesday, December 2nd. ; when the Rev. Theophilus Lessey preached two eloquent and impressive sermons. On the following Sabbath three excellent sermons were delivered by the Rev. John Rigg … The friends here have exerted themselves nobly. The subscriptions amount to upwards of £100; and the collections, after the sermons, to £34 16s. Although the chapel is made almost twice as large as it was, there are very few sittings to let. Our prospects, in some parts of the Circuit, are brightening. A friend has promised to give ground, and £20, towards building a small chapel at Orleton, in this Circuit.” ———————————— “EDDOWES’S JOURNAL, 17 July 1878, page 9. “A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On Thursday afternoon the interesting ceremony of laying the foundation stones of the new Wesleyan Chapel, in Broad Street, took place … The chapel is being built on the site of the building formerly known as the Crown Hotel, and famous in the old coaching days as a coaching house. Last year the owner of this spacious mansion, wishing to restore it to its former position as an hotel, applied for a licence for it … the magistrates did not grant the license. The Wesleyans seeing the eligibility of the site in one of the finest streets of the town energetically looked into their matters, and the result was they bought the building, which has been pulled down, and now the foundation stones of a chapel have been laid. At half-past two the company assembled … The first stone should have been laid by S. Jevons, Esq., of Birmingham, but he being unable to attend … the Rev. T. H. Penrith officiated for him. A handsome book was shown, which was to be presented to Mr. Jevons, and it was announced that £50 was laid upon the stone towards the building fund by Mr. Jevons. The second stone was laid by Mrs. T. Morris, who had a silver trowel presented to her … [she] gave a donation of £50 … under the first stone a bottle was placed, which contained newspapers of the day and a plan of the Wesleyan circuit. Other stones were laid … [long list of names given] The Rev. T. M. Albrighton made an excellent address, earnest, yet lively, and to the purpose. A tea meeting was held in the Assembly Rooms, and a public meeting in the same place after this interesting ceremony had concluded. The new chapel, which is to cost about £2,000, will be a brick front, with Bath stone dressings, in the Italian style of architecture, mixed with the Classic.” —————————————-
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 20 December 1867, page 8. “LITTLE STRETTON. The Wesleyan Methodists laid the foundation stone of the new chapel at this place on Tuesday last. The weather was remarkably fine for the season, and a large number of persons were present on the occasion. At the close of the ceremony about 200 sat down to tea, in a room kindly lent for the purpose by Mr. Andrews. After the tables had been cleared a public meeting was held, Mr. J. Hince presiding. Mr. H. H. Groves having read the report and statement of accounts, excellent addresses were delivered by the Revds. J. Finnemore, J. B. James, and H. Laugher, and Mr. S. Icke. Amongst the company were several of the most respectable families in the neigbourhood. The chapel, which is intended to hold 80 persons, will cost £130. £25 5s. was collected on the ground; and the trustees pledge themselves to raise, in twelve months from the opening services, the whole sum required. Mr. Pugh of Bishop’s Castle, is the builder.” —————————— EDDOWES’S JOURNAL, Wednesday 18 March 1868, page 8. “LITTLE STRETTON. OPENING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. For nearly 50 years Wesleyan Methodism has been introduced into this neighbourhood. Some years past money was offered to build a chapel, but as the way was not opened the money was lost. A few months back the friends of Wesleyan Methodism expressed an earnest desire to obtain a place of worship in the village for the society, which numbers 20 members and three local preachers. Land has been procured, a subscription list started, and a handsome sum realised towards the building fund. A plan was obtained, and put into the hands of Mr. Pugh, builder, of Bishop’s Castle, who has succeeded in erecting, in first rate style, a beautiful gothic chapel, which is intended to hold about 100 persons … Over the rostrum is a beautiful painted glass window, executed by Mr. Groves, junr., of Church Stretton. As previously announced the opening of the chapel took place on Wednesday last, when two sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Hunt, of Birmingham, chairman of the district .. At the close of the afternoon service a large and highly respectable company sat down to an excellent tea. It is intended to hold service every Sunday afternoon at held past two, and in the evening at six.”
WHITCHURCH HERALD, 15 January 1898, page 8 “TO BUILDERS. Tenders are invited for the erection of a NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL, at Hollinwood, near Whitchurch. Plans and specifications can be obtained on application to Mr. J. Harry Pickard, Architect, Whitchurch. Tenders to be sent in to the Rev. G. S. Meek, St. John’s Street, Whitchurch, by 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon, 21st inst. endorsed ‘Tender for New Chapel’.” … . ————————– WHITCHURCH HERALD, Saturday 5 March 1898. page 2. “HOLLINWOOD. NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. As briefly announced in our last issue the foundation stones of this new chapel were laid on Wednesday, February 23rd. Great interest was taken in the ceremony by residents in the parish and by many Wesleyan friends from Whitchurch and other parts of the circuit, and when the proceedings opened at three p.m. a large crowd had assembled in the field around the foundations of the building. The site selected, which is part of a field belonging to Mr. Levi Green, and having a frontage to the road, is admirably adapted for the purpose, and occupies a commanging position. The proceedings commenced by the singing of a hymn, after which a lesson was read by the Rev. R. Stevenson. The Rev. W. E. Holt having offered prayer, the Rev. G. S. Meek gave a brief review of the origin of the scheme for the new chapel … He then called upon the Rev. T. A. Allen to lay the first stone [there follows a list of the ladies & gentlemen who laid stones, together with their donations] … At 4-30 p.m. an excellent tea was provided in the chapel and schoolroom … and partaken of by a large number of friends.” —————————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 24 June 1899, page 8. “HOLLINWOOD. WESLEYAN CHAPEL. A bazaar, the last of a series of special efforts, to raise funds to defray the cost of this new chapel, was held on Wednesday in the old chapel … The attendance was very satisfactory, and the receipts amounted to about £60 … .” —————————–
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 29 June 1866, page 6. “HADLEY. On Monday the foundation stone of a new Wesleyan Chapel was laid at Hadley, near Wellington, by Mr. J.H. Poole of the Trench; and an address was delivered by the Rev. J. Priestley, of Wellington, to a numerours body of ladies and gentlemen. A collection amounted to £21 16s. 9d. About 400 persons partook of tea in an adjoining field. Towards the cost the Messrs. Groom have given £100. Mr. Turner gave the ground, and the Trench Iron Companay £75. Other friends have promised assistance; and it is expected that the estimated cost – £700 – will in the course of a few months be all raised.” ——————————– SHREWSBURY FREE PRESS, 17 November 1866, page 8. “The thriving village of Hadley has just had an addition to its buildings in the form of a new Wesleyan chapel. It is a very neat structure, and very neatly fitted up in the interior, and is justly regarded as doing great credit both to the architect, Mr. Bidlake, of Wolverhampton) and to the contractors (Messrs. Millington & Son, of Oakengates.) On Friday (yesterday) the opening services commenced, and that distinguished minister, the Rev. S. Coley, of Birmingham, preached in the afternoon and evening. Tomorrow a minister of considerable ability, though not much known in this neighbourhood we believe, the Rev. J.P. Dunn, of Wolverhampton, it to be the preacher.” ———————————————
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 23 October 1868, page 8. “EATON MASCOTT. On Monday the foundation stone of a new Wesleyan Chapel, at Eaton Mascott, was laid by Mrs. Wells, upon a site kindly presented by Thomas Wells, Esq. After singing a hymn, reading the scriptures, and offering prayer, a handsome trowel, with a suitable inscription, was presented by Mr. Edwards, in the name of the trustees, to Mrs. Wells, who, after spreading the mortar, applying the trowel, and tapping the stone with a mallet, declared it to do “well and truly laid, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” … The congregation then adjourned to Mrs. Shingler’s house … where an excellent tea was provided … The subscriptions promised in the room, together with the collections on the the stone, and the proceeds of the tea amounted to the handsome sum of about £50. The trowel was supplied by Mr. E. H. Robinson, of Shrewsbury.” —————————— Following the death of the Wells family their Eaton Mascott estate was sold in 1891, and led to the closure of the chapel by 1893. ——————————
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 27 July 1902, page 12. “CLEE HILL. WESLEYAN BAZAAR. For some years past the absolute need for a new chapel and school premises has been felt at Clee Hill, and some three years ago a scheme was formulated with a view to raise funds for the erection of substantial buildings. For more than a hundred years the Gospel has been preached in this district by the Wesleyans, who, in the early days of Wesleyan Methodism, had a small chapel near the Five Turnings, and for some time this place was too small for the congregations, and some 30 years ago new day school premises were erected through the instrumentality of the late Mr. W. Putman and others, in which services had been held each Sunday, but were considered very unsuitable for the purpose. The leaders of Wesleyan Methodist therefore resolved to build a commodious building, with Sunday School premises, at a cost of £1,000, and towards this a bazaar …was opened on Tuesday by Mr. John Thomas, Richard’s Castle, … On Wednesday … there was a good attendance to witness the opening ceremony by the mayor of Ludlow …”. ——————————– LUDLOW ADVERTISER, 1 November 1902, page 4. “TENDERS. THE TRUSTEES are prepared to receive TENDERS for NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL, CLEE HILL. Plans, &c. may be seen at MR G. STEAD’S, CORVE STREET, LUDLOW 1st to the 5th NOVEMBER.” ——————————– SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 11 July 1902, page 8. “CLEE HILL. WESLEYAN QUARTETLY MEETING … Mr. G. Roberts presented a statement as to the fund for the erection of a new chapel at Clee Hill … they had in hand £300 and promises on books amounting to £60 … The total collection for the new chapel, with promises, amounted to £109 1s. 8d. …”. ——————————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 2 May 1903, page 11. “WESLEYAN CHAPEL STONE LAYING AT CLEE HILL. Thursday last will be regarded as a red-letter day in the annals of Wesleyan Methodist in the Clee Hill district … For a number of years the members of the Wesleyan body worshipped in a small chapel near the Five Furnaces, but as time went on the building was found to be quite inadequate for the accommodation of the growing society, and in 1878 the members and officials resolved to build a new chapel and schools. A site was procured, and the schools were built. These, with subsequent strutural alterations and enlargements, involved an outlay of some £1600. Hampered with a large debt on the new school premises, and having to make considerable sacrifices towards their support, the members … have been compelled to endure the inconvenience of worshipping in the schoolroom. But by dint of much perseverance the debt on the school buildings was absolutely cleared, and a scheme was formulated for the erection of a new chapel in close proximity to the schools at a cost of about £1,000 and a determined effort was made to raise the funds for this purpose, Towards this amount the sume of £400 has already been raised, and a grant of £100 has been promised from the Twentieth Century Fund Committee. The new chapel is computed to seat 200, and it is hoped to have it completed for opening in August or early in September … on Thursday … just before the hour fixed for the stone-laying a heavy storm burst across the hill and militated against the proceedings. The Rev. J. D. Kendrew (circuit superintendent) … called upon the Rev. Dr. Allen (ex-president of the conference) to lay the first stone … The total amount raised by the stone laying, &c., was £166 7s. 4d. …”. ——————————- LEOMINSTER NEWS, Friday 9 October 1903, page 6. “OPENING OF THE NEW CHAPEL. On Thursday October 1st. the newly erected chapel at Clee Hill was opened. The dedication service was conducted by the Rev. W. E. Fletcher, of Birmingham, at 3 o’clock … After the service tea was served in the schoolroom … In the evening a public meeting was held in the new chapel … Collections were taken during the day which amounted to £22. On Sunday, the services were continued, when the Rev. Chas. Farrington, of Shrewsbury, preached three sermons to good congregations.” ——————————-
KINGTON TIMES, 5 March 1932, page 4. “A paragraph published in a London newspaper on Monday on what Methodist Chapel has the longest record of use for worship, has produced a number of letters. Mr. C. R. Jones, Broseley Wesleyan Chapel, writes that on Broseley Wesleyan Chapel, there are dates of 1796 and 1802.” ————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 4 April 1891, page 5. At an event to be held in the Gospel Rooms in Broseley on 15 April 1891, a collection would be made “at the close in aid of the Centenary Improvement to the Broseley Weslayan Chapel.” —————————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 25 July 1891, page 7. “BROSELEY SPECIAL SERVICES … devoted to the renovation fund .. the series produced the handsome sum of £40 10s. 3d.” —————————- WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 11 February 1899, page 5. “Wesleyan chapel, Broseley. ORGAN AND RENOVATION SCHEME. [Special service] FEBRUARY 19th 1899.” —————————-
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 21 November 1902. page 5. “BOMERE HEATH. THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. LAYING OF FOUNDATION STONES. The small red sandstone building which was erected in 1836 to serve the purpose of a Wesleyan Chapel at Bomere Heath has of recent years been totally inadequate to accommodate the members of the denomination who live in the district, and a short while ago it was decided to erect a more commodious chapel. For this purpose a capital site, adjoining the old edifice, was purchased and on it is now being erected a new chapel, which, when finished, will comfortably seat 200 worshippers. The building, which will cost about £1000, £600 of which has already been raised – is in the Gothic style, composed of Ruabon bricks, with white stone facings, and has fine buttresses on each side. It will be furnished with a vestry and heating chamber, and the whole of the interior wood work will be of polished pitchpine. The building is being carried out by Mr. Thomas Pace, of Shrewsbury, from plans prepared by Mr. George Harris. The chapel will be ready for use at the end of next April. The interesting ceremony of laying memorial stones took place yesterday afternoon … At the conclusiosn of the stone-laying, an adjournment was made to the Presbyterian Chapel, where an interesting address was delivered by the Rev. John Hornabrook, of Manchester … Collections in aid of the Building Fund were made in the afternoon and evening. The receipts for the day reached the gratifying total of £106 9s.” ———————————– SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 29 May 1903, page 8. “BOMERE HEATH. OPENING OF A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. Yesterday afternoon … the ceremony of opening the new Wesleyan Chapel, was performed in the presence of a large number of visitors from Shrewsbury and surrounding districts by Councillor S. Withers, J.P. (Shrewsbury). The Rev. C. Forrington (circuit minister) … handed Councillor Withers a silver key to unlock the door of the principal entrance. Councillor Withers said that as far as he could recollect he had been connected with the old Bomere Heth Wesleyan Chapel for 60 years, and he trusted that there would be as good work done in the new chapel as in the old building. Mr. Withers then unlocked the door, and those present attended divine service … After the service the party adjourned to the old chapel where they partook of an excellent tea … In the evening there was a very successful public meeting … The cost of the building, land, etc., has been about £1200, and the work done under the supervision of Mr. G. B. Harris, of Shrewsbury. During the day about £74 was contributed in cash, and at the evening meeting sufficient promises were made to be redeemed within a year, to cover the whole of the remaining sums due of the total outlay.” ———————————–
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 5 July 1872, page 8. “BASCHURCH. PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On the 27th ult., [i.e. June] an inaugural meeting was held … some 300 persons sat at down to tea, provided on the lawn at the ‘Duncan’, in tents kindly lent for the occasion by T. S. Eyton, Esq. … the net proceeds of the day reached £20 which will be devoted to the erection of a neat chapel, to be capable of seating about three hundred people. Already £100 is promised in subscriptions … The Committee have purchased a first-class building site adjoining Dr Sandford’s, and are prosecuting their scheme with unremitting vigour. …” ———————————— WREXHAM ADVERTISER, Saturday 24 May 1873, page 6. “NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL AT BASCHURCH. On Monday, the memorial stones of a new Wesleyan Chapel in this village were laid by Mrs Thomas Groom, of Highfield House, Wellington, and Mr Richard Groom of Arleston … others also took part in the proceedings. The total cost of the building, which is to be in the Gothic style, and seated for 120 persons, is estimated to be about £500. The builders are Messrs Powell and Rogers, Prees. The sum already in hand, including the proceeds of Monday, amounts to upwards of £100, and with promised subscriptions and the aid of a bazaar, which is to be held during the year it is hoped the required funds will without difficulty, be raised.” ————————————-
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 18 August 1866, page 5. “BISHOP’S CASTLE. On Wednesday, August 8th, the foundation stone of a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was laid in this town, by Mr. Norton, of Hefron … A procession was formed at the Town-hall, which moved in due order to the site, a most eligible one, adjoining the premises of the North and South Wales Bank, and fronting Church street. After singing and prayer, and the reading of an appropriate passage of scripture, a mallet and silver trowel were presented to Mr Norton, who, in a most expeditious and workmanlike manner, placed the stone in its proper position, and pronounced it to be duly and truly laid. A bottle was then placed in the stone, containing copies of several newspspers; also a list of the names of the trustees, and the circuit ministers and stewards, with a plan of the Knighton circuit, and a programme of the day’s proceedings … The day was regarded throughout the neighbourhood as one of great interest, Bishop’s Castle being one of the few towns in England in which Wesleyan Methodist has not been established. Several previous attempts to procure a chapel have failed. Services have been reglarly held in the town during the last eight years without intermission, though the place of worship has been often changed, and always comparatively incommodious … Great difficulty was for some time experienced in the endeavours to obtain a suitable site for a chapel. The present excellent one was at length purchased by Mr. Griffiths, of Clunbury, who, with his usual liberality, presented it for the purpose. The building, which is to be of red brick, with Bath stone facings, and in the Italian style, is from costly and elaborate designs gratuitously furnished by Thos. Roberts, Esq., of Trentham, architect and surveyor to the Duke of Sutherland. A model of the chapel, exhibited during the day, excited general admiration … The building, which is being executed by Mr. Pugh, of Bishop’s Castle, was commenced the next morning … There is a good prospect of having it ocompleted, and the greater part of the cost (£400) defrayed within four months.”
EDDOWES JOURNAL, 13 August 1879, page 5. “LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONES OF A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. A large number of persons assembled on Thursday at the Bach Mills, Diddlebury, to witness the ceremony of laying the foundation stones of the new Wesleyan Chapel. Mr. J. Overton gave the ground on which the new chapel is to be erected. Mr. C. Weale, of Seifton, is the contractor, and the cost of the building will be about £200 … were present and assisted in the ceremony, each person depositing a sum on the stone which was laid by him … The sums reeived amounted to about £70. A large marquee was erected in which a tea meeting took place, and afterwards a public meeting was held, at which Mr. Putman presided. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. T. Penrith (Wesleyan minister), Rev. T. Burgess (Independent), Rev. J. Davies (Primitive), Mr. Corneck (Baptist), Mr. Scriven (Baptist), and others.” —————————— WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 6 March 1880, page 7. “BACH MILL, MUNSLOW. OPENING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The friends of Wesleyan Methodism in the neighbourhood assembled at this place to open the new chapel … The chapel is a neat structure, and stands on an eminence to the left of the main road leading from Ludlow to Wenlock. The proceedings began with singing and prayer, after which an eloquent sermon was preached by Rev. F. R. Andrews, of Westbromwich, formerly of Ludlow. A tea meeting was afterwards held … On Sunday, two sermons were preached in the chapel to large congregations by Rev. Samson Reynolds, of Kington. A collection was made at the close of each service.” ——————————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 14 September 1889, page 7. “BACH MILL. WESLEYAN TEA MEETING … Mr. William Putnam, Ludlow, gave a statement as to the financial positin of this society, showing that the chapel debt had been reduced to £89 … “. ——————————- SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, Friday 1 August 1902, page 8. “BACH MILL. RE-OPENING SERVICES. On Sunday the Wesleyan Chapel was re-opened, after having been renovated. The services were conducted bu Mr. C. B. Marston, of Ludlow, and there were large congregations. Collections were taken in aid of the renovation fund, and amounted to £2.” ——————————-
SHREWSBURY FREE PRESS, Saturday 28 July 1866, page 5. “BABBINSWOOD. WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The anniversary of the Wesleyan Chapel, Mile End, was held in a large and commodious tent on Sunday and Monday last … The chapel was built about three years ago … the beautiful little sanctuary is now free from debt. The Rev. J. Daniels having finished his three years’ ministration, gave an affectionate farewell to his friends, wishing them every temporal and spiritual blessing.” ————————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 14 March 1903, page 11. “Whittington. PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On Monday a meeting was held at Mile End Wesleyan Church. The trustees met and definitely decided to take down the old chapel and build a chapel which will be larger and better suited to modern requirements. At the public meeting, which followed, the Rev. J. W. Clegg of Oswestry explained the objects and aims of the trustees. Without reckoning the value of the land, he estimated that the amount to be raised to cover all expenses, including all extras, would be £350.” ————————– SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 18 September 1903, page 7 “OPENING OF A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. A new chapel, built under the auspices of the Severn Valley Wesleyan Mission at mile End, Whittington, was opened yesterday week … The new chapel, which is built on the site of the former building, cost £300, with a further £50 for fencing, lighting, and warming. The number of sittings is a hundred, but in cases of emergency an additional twenty an be brought into ouse. he subscriptions promised towards the coast amount to £70, with a further £100 is expected …”. —————————
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 7 February 1862, page 4. “TO BUILDERS. Persons desirous of CONTRACTING for the New Wesleyan Chapel, Munslow Aston, can see the Plan and Specifications of the same by applying to William Hince, Munslow Aston. The Estimate to be sent in on or before the 24th instant.” ————————————-
SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 23 November 1862, page 5. “MUNSLOW ASTON. OPENING OF A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On the 16th inst., three able sermons were delivered on the occasion of opening the above place of worship, by the Rev. H. Sharp, Wesleyan minister of Ludlow, and on Sunday last, the 23rd inst., three eloquent and impressive discourses were delivered by the Rev. J. Jackson Wray, Wesleyan minister of Crewe … Collections were made at the close of each service, amounting to upwards of £18. The above locality has been for the last seventy years regularly visited by Wesleyan Methodist ministers, and a society has been in existence from the commencement. Hitherto services have been held at a farmhouse in the village, capable of accommodating seventy persons … but the want of a more suitable building has long been felt. About twelve months since, upon a representation of the necessity for a chapel in the neighbourhood being made, Mr. Thomas Evans, of Cardington, kindly placed at the disposal of the Wesleyan friends a suitable piece of land for that purpose. In the month of May, after completing arrangements with Messrs. Price, builders, of Ironbridge, the foundation stone was laid in the presence of a few friends by Mr. Enoch Wall. The style of architecture adopted is the gothic, from plans prepared by Mr. Thomas Pugh, Hungerford, Corvedale, and built of native stone with grinsill facings. The interior is fitted with seats of stained wood varnished, with sittings for 120 persons, with two beautiful and chaste glass candelabras in the centre for lights. The windows are of stained glass, the ventilation is excellent, and the chapel is heated by means of a stove underneath the floor, altogether presenting a most beautiful appearance, an ornament to the village. The cost of erection is estimated at £300 … promised subscriptions and collections at the opening services, will leave but a small amount of debt upon the building, a circumstance highly creditable to the friends in the neighbourhood …”.
Admaston Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, was built in 1874-5, at a cost of £1000. The chapel was renovated in 1903, and is still in use in 2020.
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 5 April 1884, page 1. “OPENING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL, ALBRIGHTON. ON TUESDAY, the 8th of April 1884, the New Sanctuary will (D.V.) be dedicated to the Worship of God, when the REV. ALEXANDER McAULAY, of London (an ex President), will preach TWO SERMONS, in the Afternoon at 3 and in the Evening at 6-30. A PUBLIC TEA will be provided for friends from a distance. Tickets, 1s. CONTINUATION OF THE DEDICATION SERVICES. On Sunday, April the 13th, … On Tuesday, April the 15th … on Sunday, April the 20th … All Collections will be made at the close of each of the Services in aid of the Building Fund.”
WESLEYAN METHODIST MAGAZINE, 1824, page 333. “ASH, in the Whitchurch Circuit, Shropshire. “On the 4th of April, a new chapel was opened here, by the Rev. J. A. Lomas, from Wrexham, and Mr. Mellow, from Nantwich. It has cost about £200; and was built, at his own expense, by a generous friend, who has secured it to the use of the Methodist for £5 per annum, to be paid during his life, and that of his wife. The (nominal) annual rent, after their death, is to be only one shilling.”
My great grandfather, Fred Shepherd, and great grandmother, Edith Elizabeth Frost were married here in 1884. Fred Shepherd was a keen Methodist, and had started the Band of Hope at Mosborough Primitive Methodist Chapel when he was 15 years old. When he moved to Sheffield he continued his work with the Band of Hope Union and held various positions in the Methodist Church.
I am beyond thrilled to say I have discovered the pew came from South Cliff Methodist Church in Scarborough. The Yorkshire North & East Methodist District have been able to identify it for me. I even have a photograph of it in situ before it was removed in 2016 so I’m very happy indeed.
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