Ketley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Ketley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The foundation stones of Ketley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel were laid on Monday 30 April 1883.  It replaced the previous Wesleyan chapel built on the adjacent site  in 1832 which by 1883 was dilapidated and too small, but which was to be used as a Sunday School.

The chapel closed in 1961 and was demolished in 1964.

You can read more detail on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-Conformist chapels website here.

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  • EDDOWES JOURNAL, 12 July 1882, page 6.
    A bazaar in aid of the erection of a new Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday School at Ketley, was held … on Wednesday and Thursday last … The Rev. E. Peter (circuit minister) then stated that the estimated cost of the erection of the new Chapel [&] Sunday School was £450. Towards that amount upwards of £220 had been promised, and the old materials, in addition, would realise something like £40 … At the commencement the number of visitors was rather small, but business incresed towards the evening, and the handsome sum of £50 was realised. The bazaar was re-opened on Thursday, and was well patronised during the day.”
    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 6 January 1883, page 5.
    On Wednesday last, a bazaar at Ketley was opened in the Ercall Assembly Rooks, Wellington, by Mr. C. C. Walker, J.P., of Lilleshall Old Hall. The bazaar altogether was a great success … .”
    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 5 May 1883, page 7.
    The ceremony of lying the memorial stones of a new Wesleyan chapel at Ketley took place on Monday last, under most auspicious circumstances, the weather being beautifully fine, the attendance large, and the contributions liberal. The site of the new chapel adjoins the old one. which was erected in 1832, and which has now become somewhat dilapidated, and not sufficiently commodious for the worshippers. It is intended, however, to utilise it as a Sunday school, while sliding doors will connect it with the new edifice,so that in case of an overcrowded congregation both buildings may be thrown into one, when accommodation will be provided for 250. The new building is designed to seat 150 worshippers, and the plans show that due regard will be paid to comfort and convenience. Mr. Herbert Isitt, of Bradford, is the architect; and the contractor Mr. Alfred Roper, builder, of Wellington, the estimated cost of the erection being £450. In January a bazaar … was held … the total proceeds amounting to about £30, while promises to the amount of £250 had previously been received, leaving £170 to be raised. The proceedings on Monday were of a more than usually interesting character, from the fact that the children of some of the most prominent and liberal supporters of the Wesleyan cause in the district had been selected to perform the ceremony of laying the memorial stones … the Rev. J. E. Pater briefly addressed the assembly … he would now call upon Mr. Talbot to present the trowel to Miss S[ophia] Groom [of Belmont, Wellington] to lay the first memorial stone … The second stone was laid by Miss Hannah Talbot, of Haybridge Hall … Miss Annie Pater, Mill Bank, Wellington, laid the third stone … the fourth stone was laid by Master George Sugden Pachett, of Haybridge House … A collection was then taken by the trustees, when the sum f9 17s. 6d. was contributed … At five o’clock a large company sat down to tea in a spacious tent erected in a field adjoining the chapel … At seven o’clock a public meeting was held, presided over by Mr. B. Talbot. Adresses were delivered on ‘Chapel Building and the General Agencies of the Methodist Church’ … A statement of accounts was presented … showing that … £350 had been raised, thus leaving £103 still to be obtained … . The following are the trustees of the new chapel:- Messrs. T Groom, R. Groom, C. Groom, B. Talbot, J. Patchett, G. Heywood, Jeffrey Nones; H. Davies, H. Emery, J. France, and W. W. Clift.”

    By Janice Cox (01/02/2021)

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