Coalbrookdale Fletcher Memorial Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Coalbrookdale Fletcher Memorial Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Fletcher Memorial Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Church Road, Coalbrookdale  was opened in 1886. It replaced a previous chapel on the same site erected in 1785 and rebuilt in 1828 which was demolished to make way for the new chapel.

It closed in 1970.

The Methodist Heritage website explains the Fletcher element.  It refers  to the ministry of John Fletcher, vicar of Madeley. Fletcher’s ministry was outstanding for its preaching, with and for John Wesley, his pastoral work, and his theological writing, particularly the belief that the opportunity to freely choose or reject salvation through Jesus Christ is available to everyone

You can read more about the chapel and see pictures on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-Conformist Chapels website here.

 

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  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL 22 November 1884, page 8
    “THE PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL”
    The building now used by the very large and rapidly-increasing number of Wesleyan Methodists has not only become thoroughly dilapidated, but is wholly inadequate to meet the convenience of the worshippers. For some months, the members of the Ladies’ Committee, aided by the labours of the esteemed secretary … have been holding monthly tea meetings … for the purpose of raising funds towards the erection of a larger and more commodious chapel … the spirited manner in which the matter has been taken up by the members of the congregation … and the successful results … the work will very shortly be commenced …”.
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    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 15 August 1885, page 5
    “COALBROOKDALE
    ERECTION OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONES … the present year being the centenary of the late Rev. John William de la Fletcher … it was decided by the members that the erection of the new chapel might be appropriately regarded as a memorial of the centenary of his death, and accordingly yesterday (Friday) was fixed for the laying of the foundation stones. The building is to be plain, and the front, which will be of the Doric style of architecture, will have one entrance door, wwith modelled arch, worked in with Flemish bond and black mortar; three windows in the centre and one on either side, with modelled arches and brick lintels; the front will also be ornamented with pillasters, stone coping, modelled strings and caps, with small pinnacle in the centre, and four memorial stones. The sides will be of Flemish bond and pillasters, with iron-framed windows and semi-arches, and the roof will be built upon the open principles. The whole building will be divided into two parts, the lower part being used for a schoolroom, with three large class-rooms, and the upper part as the chapel. The furniture will be of pitch pine, and open pews will be erected. The chapel will be 72ft by 30 ft, and will be capable of seatingg 320 persons, and the cost estimated at £1290. The architect is Mr. Loxton, of Walsall and the contractor Mr. H. Knight, Frederick Street, Walsall …”.
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    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 22 August 1885, page 5
    “COALBROOKDALE
    THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On the occasion of the laying of the foundation stones of the new Wesleyan Chapel last week, Mr. Parks, of London, contributed the handsome sum of 30 guineas towards the scheme, mention of which fact was inadvertantly omitted from the report of the proceedings. Mr. Parks also promised a further sum of 21 guineas if certain conditions are complied with.”
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    By Janice Cox (24/08/2021)
  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 8 December 1883, page 8.
    “COALBROOKDALE.
    THE PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The monthly tea meeting in aid of the above was held in the Old Chapel on Monday evening last, when an excellent tea was provided, which was kindly given by Mrs. Maw, of Severn House, and to which a large number sat down. After tea, an entertainemnt was given by the scholars attending the Sunday school … At the close, a unanimous vote of thanks was accorded to Mrs. Maw … the singing of the Doxology brought a very pleasant evening to a close.”
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    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 14 March 1885, page 8.
    [COALBROOKDALE]
    “THE PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The Committee who have so energetically laboured to provide for the erection of a new Wesleyan Chapel, the present building having become quite inadequate to meet the requirements of the worshippers, held a sale of work on Monday and Tuesday last, the proceeds of which are to be devoted towards the new building fund … ”
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    By Janice Cox (24/08/2021)

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