Waterloo, Dorset

Waterloo Wesleyan Chapel

These notes are mainly compiled from a booklet produced in 1990 for the centenary of the Broadstone chapel and loaned to me by David Sprackling of Broadstone. The photo is reproduced by permission.

The history of the two chapels is inextricably intertwined. Methodism flourished in the Waterloo and Broadstone area and a comparison of the circuit baptismal registers and the census returns between 1841 and 1861 shows that at least 10 families in the area had children baptised by Wesleyan ministers; this represents about a sixth of the population.

The chapel at Waterloo was built in 1858 on land leased from Sir Ivor Bertie Guest (later Lord Wimborne). It was built in about six weeks by the Howell brothers who were Methodists and owned the nearby Waterloo Iron Foundry. The chapel has been demolished and the site is now occupied by 73/75 Waterloo Road.

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  • I forgot this note from the National Archives records: The church was demolished in 1960. The society continued to meet in the Waterloo Social Club. The site was sold in 1968.
    Some records are held in the Dorset History Centre.

    By Mark Churchill (27/01/2023)

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