Ashmore Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Ashmore Wesleyan Methodist chapel 1855
Mark Churchill 2021
datestone at Ashmore Wesleyan Methodist chapel 1855
Mark Churchill 2021
Ashmore Wesleyan Methodist school room 1904
Mark Churchill 2021
Ashmore Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Ashmore is Dorset’s highest village, on the edge of the Blackmore Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and not far from the Wiltshire border. The Yeovil Circuit webpage December 2021 tells a little of Ashmore society’s history here. It reports that the original Wesleyan Church was built in the High Street (SP5 5AQ) in 1856 although the date stone on the chapel says 1855. The village people are said to have collected flints to help in its construction.

A hall for the Sunday School and Band of Hope was built around the corner in Green Lane in 1904. In 1974 the hall was taken over as the Church and the original building sold.

In 2010 the decision to sell the chapel building due to concerns over costs of maintenance & Disability Access was made. It appears currently to be a holiday let.  The congregation continues to meet at the Village Hall on the first and third Sundays of the month.

For well over 100 years carol singing has taken place on Christmas Eve in aid of NCH Action for Children.

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