Rempstone Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Rempstone Wesleyan Methodist chapel mapped in 1884
"Reproduced by permision of the National Librray of Scotland'
The site of Rempstone Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Chapel Yard, March 2024
Philip Thornborow March 2024
Site of Rempstone Methodist chapel

In 1934 the newly established Loughborough Methodist Circuit carried out a review of their property, and had this to say about Rempstone

“This Chapel was erected in 1849, previous to which time there was no nonconformist place of worship in the village, although a Wesleyan Society was in existence many years, and regular services were held in a large farmhouse kitchen.”

This is confirmed by a return to the Nottinghamshire Quarter Sessions in 1829, which noted that there was a Wesleyan Methodist licensed house in the village. Licensed house in this context, of course, means licensed for public worship and not consumption of alcohol.

Jn. Burrows, the Steward, submitted the return in 1851 stating that there were 130 free and 48 other spaces available in the chapel, and that on 30th March 1851 the afternoon congregation was 24, and the evening one was 70.

The seating accommodation declined over time, or perhaps bodies were thought to have grown larger. In 1873 there were 165 seats, and 120 in 1940.

The last service was held on 26th February 1956, then having only four members.  At that time Mr. W. Wisher was the Society Steward, and Miss J. Gardner the organist.

We have no photographs of this chapel, and would welcome any contributions.

Sources

Loughborough Wesleyan Methodist Circuit. Notes respecting chapels, schools and other trust properties … presented to the Quarterly Meeting held on Saturday, 16th June, 1934

Nottinghamshire Archives C/QDR/2/10

The National Archives HO129/415/59

Returns of accommodation … 1873. London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1875

Statistical returns … as at July 1st 1940. Manchester: Methodist Church, Department of Chapel Affairs, 1947

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