Downham Wesleyan Church

DOWNHAM Wesleyan Church

From my Methodist Postcard Album Wesleyan chapel at Downham in the Clitheroe Circuit
Unlike all the magnificent well funded Methodist New Connexion Chapels with a touch of Classical architecture and some very large and voluminous basilicas – here at the other end of the scale totally simple in architecture this humble chapel seated just over 100 and had a vestry. It was founded before 1894 and closed in 1947.
Land was bought from Richard Hargreaves, cotton manufacturer of Downham on 19 September 1815 and a further small plot from the Rt. Hon. William Assheton, Downham Hall. Building was completed in 1816. The population of the village, and chapel attendances, declined later and the chapel finally closed and was sold to the Rt. Hon. Ralph Assheton on 1st August 1947. It subsequently became the village hall and still thrives in that purpose today.

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