Loughborough, Leicester Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Leicestershire

Loughborough, Leicester Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel
Leicester Road, Loughborough, Wesleyan Church, 1928
Loughborough, Leicester Road interior view
Loughborough, Leicester Road school rooms

Leicester Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1828/9. It was a neat red brick building which cost £2000 and seated 1200. In 1850 the chapel it had 390 free and 630 other sittings but by1873 it only provided seating for 720 (380 lettable, 200 free and 140 for children, on the basis of 18 inches per sitting) persons. The premises were described in detail in 1940. The chapel measured 55 feet by 52 feet and seated 350 on the ground floor. There was also a gallery of 2200 square feet all round the interior which seated a further 350. All seating was in pews. There were three vestries, one of 624 square feet and two of 150 square feet. The school which was situated on the opposite side of Leicester Road measured 50 feet by 30 feet. There was also a guild room, 28 feet by 22 feet and a clubroom, 21 feet by 11½ feet but it is not clear which site they were on. The chapel was subsequently closed and the buildings demolished.

Sources
The National Archives HO129/415/1/3/4 1851 Ecclesiastical census
Leicestershire Record Office, N/M/NDD 1-15, Annual trust schedules, Nottingham and Derby District 1860-1878
John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, 1873/594/,
Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940, 697
Leicestershire Record Office, N/M 207/28 Accommodation return, 1873
W White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1846, p276
Site visit 17.4.2019
John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2/602 Wesleyan Accommodation returns, 1931

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  • To quote from page 9 of the Souvenir handbook of the Centenary celebrations.
    “It was felt that the old organ had served its useful purpose at Leicester Road, and that a new one should be provided, and in 1897, the Misses Chester, who later became Mrs. T.H. Barratt and Mrs. G. Phillips Jones, handsomely came to the rescue and presented the present organ, built by Messrs. Brindley & Foster, of Sheffield, at a cost of over £700, and a hydraulic engine was installed for the purpose of blowing it.”

    By Philip Thornborow (25/04/2022)
  • I am pleased to see that some photographs have come to light to illustrate my text. Views of chapel interiors are rare enough at best and views of Georgian buildings even rarer. Is it too much to hope there might be a picture of the rostrum area?. I imagine that the organ was a later addition. Do the papers referred to above give the date of installation or the name of the maker?

    By Geoffrey Oxley (12/04/2022)
  • I have added some photographs, collected to commemorate 50 years of Trinity Methodist Church, Loughborough, and 250 years of Methodism in Loughborough.

    By Philip Thornborow (11/04/2022)
  • Leicetershire Record Office :
    ref. C93 .7-organ. DE4826/33, new contract, tuning etc., organ, Wesleyan Chapel, Leicester Rd., Loughborough, at £4.4/-, annual charge, 11th Jan., 1921.

    By Raymond E. O. Ælla (14/11/2021)

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