Little Stretton Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Little Stretton Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Little Stretton Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1867-8 with the official opening  on the 11th March 1868. The cost of the chapel building was £130.

The chapel closed soon after 1922 but by 2003 had gained an addition on the west side. It is now used as Little Stretton village hall.

You can see a picture and more information about the chapel on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-conformist Chapels website here.

Grid ref: SO442917:  SY6 6RE

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  • SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 20 December 1867, page 8.
    The Wesleyan Methodists laid the foundation stone of the new chapel at this place on Tuesday last. The weather was remarkably fine for the season, and a large number of persons were present on the occasion. At the close of the ceremony about 200 sat down to tea, in a room kindly lent for the purpose by Mr. Andrews. After the tables had been cleared a public meeting was held, Mr. J. Hince presiding. Mr. H. H. Groves having read the report and statement of accounts, excellent addresses were delivered by the Revds. J. Finnemore, J. B. James, and H. Laugher, and Mr. S. Icke. Amongst the company were several of the most respectable families in the neigbourhood. The chapel, which is intended to hold 80 persons, will cost £130. £25 5s. was collected on the ground; and the trustees pledge themselves to raise, in twelve months from the opening services, the whole sum required. Mr. Pugh of Bishop’s Castle, is the builder.”
    EDDOWES’S JOURNAL, Wednesday 18 March 1868, page 8.
    “LITTLE STRETTON. OPENING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. For nearly 50 years Wesleyan Methodism has been introduced into this neighbourhood. Some years past money was offered to build a chapel, but as the way was not opened the money was lost. A few months back the friends of Wesleyan Methodism expressed an earnest desire to obtain a place of worship in the village for the society, which numbers 20 members and three local preachers. Land has been procured, a subscription list started, and a handsome sum realised towards the building fund. A plan was obtained, and put into the hands of Mr. Pugh, builder, of Bishop’s Castle, who has succeeded in erecting, in first rate style, a beautiful gothic chapel, which is intended to hold about 100 persons … Over the rostrum is a beautiful painted glass window, executed by Mr. Groves, junr., of Church Stretton. As previously announced the opening of the chapel took place on Wednesday last, when two sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Hunt, of Birmingham, chairman of the district .. At the close of the afternoon service a large and highly respectable company sat down to an excellent tea. It is intended to hold service every Sunday afternoon at held past two, and in the evening at six.”

    By Janice Cox (25/11/2020)

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