Eastmoor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Norfolk

D Secker

Eastmoor is a small hamlet close to the Oxborough estate, and lies within the fen portion of the parish of Barton Bendish. It is also spelt ‘Eastmore’.

In 1873 a ‘preaching place’, seating just 25, and ‘not connexionally settled’, is listed as in the Downham Market Wesleyan circuit. Could it have been an offshoot of the Wesleyans in Barton Bendish? That was a Society of early foundation.

A chapel (building extant) was erected in the latter part of the 19th century (1875 says Genuki); a separate Sunday schoolroom was noted in 1940. The chapel, built in brick and having tall, rectangular flat-headed windows, had seating for 50 (on chairs).

It was registered for marriages in 1921, the first wedding taking place that year.

Services were still being held in the early-1950s. A building described as “formerly the Methodist chapel at Eastmoor”, was advertised for sale in 1958. Thirty years later it was in use as a recreational facility. Planning permission for conversion into a dwelling was granted in 1999.

Sources include

Wesleyan Returns of Accommodation 1873

Methodist Church Buildings Statistical Returns 1940

Lynn Advertiser 18th March 1958

Lynn Advertiser 12th Feb 1999

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