Goadby Marwood Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Goadby Marwood: the former Wesleyan Methodist chapel
Philip Thornborow, 17 August 2023
Goadby Marwood Methodist Church

Goadby Marwood was a quintessential rural Methodist chapel. The 1970 accommodation returns inform us that the building dates to 1795. Keith Guyler, whose photograph of 1997  shows an active chapel, noted that a cottage dating from 1795 had been converted in a chapel in 1898. There appears not to have been an active congregation in 1851. The 1873 accommodation returns report that there was a cause in Goadby Marwood, but it was in a rented building. That building could seat 58. A census of attendance taken on Sunday October 6th, 1907 recorded that the morning service was attended by eleven adults and eight children, In the evening, sixteen adults and four children were in attendance.

In 1940, the building shown was thought to seat 45, on forms. Keith Guyler’s information was that 27 would fit into the building. When I looked through the window in 2010 that number seemed feasible.

The chapel closed between 2010 and 2015.


Returns of accommodation provided in Wesleyan Methodist chapels … 1873

Gill. Josiah  The history of Wesleyan Methodism in Melton Mowbray and the vicinity (1909)

Statistical returns 1940

Statistical returns 1970

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