Newport Wesleyan Methodist chapels

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.


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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    “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.”

    By Janice Cox (01/12/2020)

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