Westoning Wesleyan Methodist Chapel


The 1851 Ecclesiastical Census includes a return for Westoning Wesleyan Methodist made by John Odell, Exhorter. This states that the chapel, in existence since about 1846 had 37 free sittings, 23 other and room for 15 standing. Attendances were:


General congregation   on Census Day3963
Average   congregation for preceding 12 months4570

This building was leased from William Aldridge. A new chapel was built in 1863 with Registration of worship being made on 27 August 1863 by Thomas Chope of Dunstable, Wesleyan Minister. The 1873 Returns of accommodation in Wesleyan Methodist Chapels records Westoning as having 120 Sittings.

The chapel had an annexe built on the front in 1981. However, Westoning Methodist Chapel closed and was sold in 2003.


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

The Dunstable Methodist Circuit One hundred and fifty years of witness 1843-1993 – Colin Bourne

Returns of accommodation In Wesleyan Methodist Chapels 1873

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service – Community Archives website

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