Sproxton Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Sproxton, the 1864 chapel circa 1909
Gill. Josiah The history of Wesleyan Methodism in Melton Mowbray and the vicinity (1909) facing p208
site of Sproxton Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Although Josiah Gill wrote about this society as being in the vicinity of Melton Mowbray, and included a photograph, it was always in the Grantham Circuit.  The story of Methodism in Sproxton  is told here

A chapel built in 1809 was replaced by the building illustrated in 1864. It seems to have been a good example of its type. The number of people it could accommodated fluctuated: 150 in 1873, 180 in 1940, 130 in 1971. Membership never seems to have exceeded 40.

Closed in 1988, the chapel was bought and dismantled in 1995 and taken to Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where it was re-erected as the University chapel. It was rededicated in 1996 by Lady Thatcher, who had sometimes accompanied her father when he had preached in the chapel in the 1930s.

There is a good set of photographs of the building, inside and out, here

Other details and photographs may be found here

Sources:

Gill,Josiah The history of Wesleyan Methodism in Melton Mowbray and the vicinity 1769-1909. Melton Mowbray: John Warnaby Warner, 1909 pp 190-193

Hickinbottom, George H. “The story of Methodism in Sproxton in the Grantham Circuit” http://nacooke.xara.hosting/sproxton/chapel%2002.htm (accessed 23 October 2023)

Wesleyan Methodist Connexion.-Chapel Committee. Returns of Accommodation Provided in Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places. Obtained by the Wesleyan Chapel Committee in Pursuance of a Minute of the Conference of 1873. London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1875, viii, 80 pp.

Methodist Church. Department for Chapel Affairs. Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical Returns Including Seating Accommodation as at July 1st 1940. Manchester: Department for Chapel Affairs, [1947]. 303 pp.

Methodist Church. Department for Chapel Affairs. Statistical Returns: Part 2, 1973

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