Hergest

Hergest: Methodist Chapel SMR no. 35597, OS grid ref: SO 2742 5526

Hergest is about one mile south-west of Kington on a minor road that leads to Gladestry. The chapel is small and was built in 1881. As it is in a rural area the congregation was always quite limited and by 1932 there was only an afternoon service on Sundays with an occasional meeting on Mondays.

By 1934 there was no congregation and arrangements were made to sell the property. However the sale does not appear to have taken place and, as the nearby community of Willey needed more space, it was decided to let them have Hergest Chapel to use as a tea room. The Centenary Celebration leaflet of Willey says that it was transported, using volunteer labour, in ten hours. This must surely be a rare example of a local chapel building that was moved from one location to another.

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