The former Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Hoton
Philip Thornborow, 2018
Hoton Wesleyan

Hoton is just outside Loughborough. John Wesley visited the home of a local farmer, John Angrave, in August 1770 and on March 21st 1772, owing to the passionate desire of Mrs Mary Angrave that Methodist preachers be given a warm welcome [1]

The first chapel was built in 1813. There were 80 free seats, 40 other seats and room for 40 people standing.[2] A congregation of 40 people was meeting here in 1829. [3]There was just a single service on census Sunday in March 1851, in the evening, attended by 44 people, although the usual service was in the mornings, with an average attendance of 50.[4] The accommodation in 1873 was 135[5]

The chapel was replaced in 1877 by one the one illustrated, which could seat 135. The membership was never more than 12, and the cause declined and by 1930 the chapel was closed until brighter days appear.[6] The building was sold in 1938.[7]


Grid reference SK571224


[1] Richardson, S.Y. Bright Hope: Methodism in Loughborough 1. Heritage vol 7, no.3 April 2006 p 22

[2] TNA, HO 129/415/72

[3] ROLLR, QS 95/2/1/48

[4] TNA, HO 129/415/72

[5] Returns of accommodation … 1873. London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1875

[6]  Loughborough Wesleyan Methodist Circuit. Notes respecting chapels, schools and other trust properties … presented to the Quarterly Meeting held on Saturday, 15th March, 1930

[7] Richardson, S.Y. Bright Hope: Methodism in Loughborough 2. Heritage vol 7, no.4 August 2006 p 17

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