Newport Wesleyan Methodist chapels

Newport Wesleyan Methodist chapels

The first Newport Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1829-30 in Upper Bar. It served until 1876, by which time it had become “old, decayed and not at all equal to the requirements of the town”.  The old chapel, of which the upper storey is still recognisable as a chapel, is now occupied by a tattoo parlour with much converted into flats.

The second Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, built in 1876-7, was in  Avenue Road, Newport .  It has now closed and was sold in 2001. By c. 2006 it was being used as a gymnasium. The Methodist congregation has joined with the United Reformed Church in Wellington Road and they meet in the Trinity Church.

Locations:

60 Upper Bar, Newport TF10 7EJ (first chapel)

Grid ref: SJ 747188  Avenue Road, Newport  (second chapel)

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

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  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 27 May 1876, page 4.
    “BUILDERS desirous of TENDERING for the ERECTION of a NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL and SCHOOLS at NEWPORT in the county of Salop, may inspect the Plans and Specifications at the house of Mr. WIGGIN, Newport. Tenders to be sent in, sealed and endorsed, on or before THURSDAY, June 8th, to Mr. Wiggin, from whom a form of tender can be obtained. The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. BIDLAKE & FLEEMING, Architects, Wolverhampton. 18th May, 1876.
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    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 26 May 1877, page 5.
    “NEWPORT.
    OPENING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. This handsome edifice, a description of which will be found below, has been erected by the Wesleyan body to meet the growing requirement of that connexion in this district, and was opened for religious worship on Thursday, when the celebrated Dr. Punshon attended and preached an appropriate sermon … The chapel was crowded … between 400 and 500 persons being present. At the close of the sermon a collection was made amounting to over £122. A tea followed in the Town Hall … In the evening the Rev. A. E. Felfer, of London, delivered a most instructive and interesting lecture, his subject being ‘The Scottish Covenanters’ … A hearty vote of thanks and the benediction closed the meeting. The services will be continued on Sunday and Sunday week … . The new edifice is a gothic building, and the block, which is 90ft by 32ft wide, comprised chapel, vestry, school and classrooms. The chapel is 50ft long by 30ft wide, school 38ft by 20ft, vestry 12ft by 10ft, classrooms each 12ft by 10ft. It is lighted by 16 large windows and a large triplicate stone mullioned window in front gable, with a wheel window over, also of stone. The whole of the windows are glazed with Cathedral rough glass, in two tints, which gives a subdued light, and has a very pleasing effect. The roof is open timber, stained and varnished. The whole of the seats … to accommodate about 300 persons, are framed with open bench ends, and are also stained and varnished, as also the handsome rostrum, communion, platform, and table. The interior of the chapel is well ventilated and lofty, the ceiling being upwards of 30ft high. The school is a lofty room 36ft by 20ft wide. The whole building is supplied with gas pendants and starlight burners. A brick wall surrounds the buildings with handsome iron palings, and a pair of ornamental iron gates at the entrance. The edifice which is quite an ornament to the town, was erected by Mr. Ashby, builder, Chetwynd End; Messrs Bidlake and Fleming, of Wolverhampton, being the architects. Mr. Bromfield supplied the gas fittings.”
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    By Janice Cox (01/02/2021)
  • WESLEYAN METHODIST MAGAZINE, 1830, page 187.
    “NEWPORT, in the Wellington Circuit, Salop. A chapel, recently converted from a theatre, was opened here for diving worship, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodists, on Sunday, the 6th and Tuesday, the 8th of December [1829]. The Rev. Messrs. Jacob Stanley, John Simpson, jun., and Robert Newton, preached on the occasion. The congregations were very large and attentive; and the collections amounted to £47 4s. 6d.: a large sum for such a place in its present circumstances. The Methodists have had preaching and a society in Newport for almost thirty years; but never, till now, had a favourable opportunity of spreading their influence in the town; being obliged to worship in a small chapel, with another body of Christians, or in a private house. The chapel is 20 yards long, and 10 wide, on the outside; and has a gallery at one end. Newport is a very important station. It is a market town, containing about 4,000 souls, and is surrounded by many populous villages; twelve of which are within about four miles: and within this circle, the town included, there are not more thant fifty members of the Methodist society. But the prospect of good opens to our view; and we hope soon to give a more pleasing report of the state of Methodism in this fine country. The chapel is freehold property, and is settled on the Methodist plan.”
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    By Janice Cox (01/12/2020)

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