Belchford Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Lincolnshire

D Secker
D Secker

Although there was a Wesleyan presence in Belchford in 1780, having 10 members, the first chapel was not built until 1811. In his ‘List of Chapels’ (1812), Myles gives 1810 and calls it Bilshford – in earlier times the village was known as Belshford. By 1851 the chapel had 30 Sunday scholars, with attendances at adult services upwards of a quarter of the population of the parish.

Cramped conditions led to the building of a larger chapel in 1871. Completed the following year, the dedicatory service took place on 6th June 1872 for which the Rev George T Clarke preached a sermon “rich in lucid exposition and full of soul-stirring thought”. The ever popular tea was served in the old chapel.

This (extant) impressive building on Chapel Lane, in red brick, with gault brick and stone dressings, features some rather attractive, decorative brickwork. The builder was John Lee of Coningsby. On the front elevation, the name and date can still be seen above the door: Wesleyan Chapel Erected AD 1871.

Here was seating for 250, and a separate Sunday school at the rear.

Circuit membership: Horncastle Wesleyan until 1932 and thereafter Horncastle Methodist.

It closed in 1991 and is now a private dwelling.

Sources include

Census of Religious Worship 1851
Stamford Mercury 21st June 1872
Wesleyan Returns of Accommodation 1873
Methodism in the Countryside – Horncastle Circuit pub 1986 Clarke JN and Anderson CL

Comments about this page

  • William Parker, a solicitor, was treasurer of the Horncastle branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society in the 1820s. As for his contribution (presumably financial) to the Wesleyan cause, it may be worth trying Lincolnshire Archives where there are some records pertaining to the old Wesleyan chapel.

    By David Secker (07/04/2024)
  • I am interested in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Horncastle, and a William Parker, Solicitor, who made contributions towards it in 1822. Do you have any information on him?

    By Vincent Tickner (29/03/2024)

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