Twyford Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Leicestershire

Before Twyford Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was opened in March 1846 the local Wesleyans met in a hired room. The land for the chapel cost £54.4.0d building itself, which measured 28 feet by 20 feet, £270.10.0d. By 1860 the original building and subsequent extensions and alterations had cost £350. In 1851 the chapel provided 60 free and 75 other sittings, 135 in all. This figure had dropped to 123 by 1873. It had jumped to 170 by 1891, perhaps indicating a building extension or the insertion of a gallery. By 1911 the number had fallen to 150, all free. In 1940 the measurements for the chapel were given as 28½ feet by 24 feet and there was a gallery at the end. The floor of the chapel seated 95 in pews and the gallery 36 on forms, 131 in total. There was also a schoolroom measuring about 37 feet by 14 feet but no other rooms.
The chapel was situated on the south side of h the lane leading north westward past the parish church (Grid ref SK101728)
Sources
John Rylands Library University of Manchester, Methodist Conference Archive Register of applications to build Nos 1804-2166, 7 Dec. 1842 – 9 July 1846 No 2082, 2 October 1845
The National Archives,1851 ecclesiastical census HO129/418/1/15
John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, Melton Circuit 1873/499, 1881/565, 1891/612, 1901/625, 1911/591, 1931/598
John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2 Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, Melton Circuit, 1931/598
John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940/694 (Melton Mowbray Circuit)
Leicestershire Record Office, N/M/NDD 1-15, Annual trust returns, Nottingham and Derby District 1860-1878

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