Shillingstone Wesleyan Chapels

1854 Shillingstone Wesleyan Methodist chapel, in residential use in October 2023
Mark Churchill 2023
1904 Shillingstone Wesleyan Chapel
Mark Churchill March 2022
1904 Shillingstone Wesleyan Chapel, in March 2022
Mark Churchill March 2022

The following two paragraphs are from The Story of a Dorset Village Edited by REV. J. H. COOKE Rector of Shillingstone, published privately in 1921.

Hutchins (1874) says there is  a Wesleyan Methodist Meeting House, built 1853-4 the Public Record Office in a Calendar of Trust Deeds relating to charities, at p 866, is: “A piece of land in the Parish (Shillingstone) for Wesleyan Methodist Connexion—1854”.

           In the year 1904 a new chapel, and school-room were built by public subscription. The builder was H. Hayward, of Blandford. The site on, the side of the Blandford road was presented by the late Viscount Portman. The building cost £866, and is capable of seating 150 while the schoolroom will accommodate 60. The minister of the Circuit at this time was the Rev. E. Standfast. The chapel mentioned by Hutchins above has been converted into cottages.

The first chapel stood just to the northwest of where the footpath continuation of Candy’s Lane now meets Hine Town Lane. I am not sure that the cottages referred to above still stand; I cannot see anything relevant. It would have been where no 17 Hine Town Lane now stands.

The 1904 chapel on the A357 is now a house. The Dorset History Centre has various  Minutes and other documents at reference NM-7/S/26/

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  • At last! Each time I have driven through Shillingstone for the last 12 months or so, I have driven off the main road and gone through Hine Town Lane – and it has paid off. This week I found someone at numbers 17/18 and they were most helpful. The cottages are the converted (and extended?) chapel from 1853/4 and they encouraged me to take a photograph which I am submitting separately.

    [editor’s note: photo duly added.]

    By Mark Churchill (01/11/2023)

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