Wisbech Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Cambridgeshire

Photo: D Secker
Photo: D Secker

In his history of Methodism (pub 1813), Wm Myles lists a Wesleyan chapel at Wisbech in 1781. Perhaps this was the barn in Deadman’s Lane that was used until a chapel proper opened in the Crescent in 1803.

This was later reconstructed to form the present building, which opened on Thursday 5th November 1835. The Rev Robert Newton, then secretary of the Wesleyan Conference, preached at the inauguration. Described as a commodious building, it had 570 sittings and a Sunday school.

The Reform movement here began in the 1840s, and by 1851 around 100 members had been suspended, and 12 local preachers expelled, from the Wesleyan Society.

The Crescent chapel survived the discontent; in the 1930s it united with the Reformers viz the United Methodist (Little Church Street) chapel. Following the closure of the latter, the ex-Wesleyan became known as the Crescent Methodist and the ex-Primitive as Church Terrace Methodist.

In 1969, the new Trinity Methodist Church and Community Centre opened in Church Terrace. The ex-Primitive was demolished to make way for it, and the Crescent chapel closed.

Today, this Grade II listed building is used as a Masonic hall.


Sources include
Stamford Mercury 30th October 1835
Wesleyan Returns of Accommodation 1873
Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical Returns 1940

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