Lidlington Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Bedfordshire

Lidlington Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The 1851 Religious Census return for Lidlington Wesleyan Methodist Chapel made by John Dennis, Steward notes that the building was erected in 1805 and had 148 Free sittings and 55 Other. The congregations that day, 30 March were:

 

 AfternoonEvening
General   Congregation111180
Sunday   Scholars39 
Total150180

 

Whilst the average congregations for the preceding 12 months were:

 

 AfternoonEvening
General   Congregation100150
Sunday   Scholars3620
Total136170

 

The Wesleyan Chapel in High Street, Lidlington was registered for worship on 17 February 1854 by William Henry Clarkson, 4 Harpur Street, Bedford, superintendent minister. In 1875, Lidlington became one of the founding chapels in the new Ampthill Wesleyan Methodist Circuit.

The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll records the generosity of 25 people connected with Lidlington Chapel who contributed a guinea to the Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund.

The former Wesleyan and Primitive congregations in Lidlington merged in 1957. Worship was then held in the former Primitive Methodist chapel and the registration for worship in the High Street chapel cancelled on 29 December 1961.

 

Sources and References:

Bedfordshire Chapels and Meeting Houses: Official Registration 1672-1901 Volume 75 Bedfordshire Historical Record Society – Edited by Edwin Welch

The Ecclesiastical Census, Bedfordshire, March 1851 Volume 54 Bedfordshire Historical Record Society – Edited by DW Bushby

Lidlington – A Historical Guide through the Bedfordshire Village of Lidlington AD275-1997

Bedford and Ampthill Wesleyan Methodist Circuits Historic Roll 1899-1904 published by The Eureka Partnership

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