Basingstoke (George Street)

My study of the Wesleyan movement in the Basingstoke area stretches (at present) from 1738 to 1875, and George Street is not mentioned before that date. I have heard that it started life as the Railway Mission, and came into the hands of the Wesleyans later. In 1944 – which was before the amalgamation with the Primitive Methodist Circuit was effected – it is on the Wesleyan plan as having an evangelistic service every Sunday evening.

I was sent to Sunday School there in the 1950s, but it has subsequently been closed down. The sister website which relates post-1932 Methodist reminiscences contains a post about it.

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  • This picture is of the Mission Hall,George Street, Basingstoke.
    During the 1940’s 1950’s run by Frank and Arthur Bath.
    Anybody any connections?

    By Frank Davis (25/07/2023)
  • It wouldn’t have been George Street, Basingstoke, as Newbury is some 16 miles away. There should be someone in the Newbury Circuit who would know.

    By David Young (28/10/2014)
  • My mother and my sister were evacuated from Portsmouth during the war.We were put up in an old Chapel in the Newbury area. I was 10 years of age at the time so don’t remember exactly where it was, is it possible it was this chapel?  If not do you know of any chapel in your area which was let to evacuees?


    By George Welling (17/08/2014)
  • Further research at Winchester county record office revealed that in 1908 it was known as the “Working Men’s Mission Hall” and registered to be used “as heretofore” as a place of worship by a congregation called Working Men’s Mission (Christian – not otherwise designated). The Methodists’ decision to close it was taken in 1963.

    By David Young (06/10/2013)

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