Chapel Lane Boxted COLCHESTER CO4 5RP
Boxted Wesleyan Methodist chapel opened in 1832 and in 2015 was still open for worship. Unusually for a Methodist chapel, there is a graveyard located on the site.
Also unusually, on the site is a separate room which is the home of the well respected Boxted Methodist Silver Band. Originally a wind band formed by members of the chapel in the 1860s, there has been a brass band since 1898. The present-day name dates from the late 1930s. The band still plays at both religious and secular events and often leads worship at Boxted Methodist and other Churches in the area. There are lots of interesting pictures on the Band website.
Keith Guyler originally identified the chapel in his picture as a Primitive Methodist chapel and the picture and above detail was posted on the My Primitive Methodists website.
Thanks to Martin Broom for identifying the error. He tells us “Unfortunately this is NOT a Primitive chapel, (but) a Wesleyan chapel opened in 1832. Copy documents in my possession confirm this ie an appointment of New Trustees in respect of the WESLEYAN METHODIST chapel (there has only ever been one Methodist chapel in the village). One of the founder members was my wife’s great great grandfather.
The chapel closed in 2019 but the Band continues and may be the only surviving Methodist Silver Band in the country.”
Boxted Methodist Silver Band website, accessed June 7th 2015