Tern Hill Wesleyan Methodist chapels

Tern Hill Wesleyan Methodist chapels

The first Wesleyan Methodist chapel at Tern Hill was built in 1843.  This chapel (since demolished) was replaced by a new chapel officially opened on Thursday 6th February 1908. The chapel closed in 1963 & has been reportedly converted to residential use.

Both chapels were alongside the A41 northwest of Tern Hill.  The earlier chapel was just south of the junction with Chapel Lane and no evidence now exists.  The later chapel was just north of the junction with Chapel Lane and has now been incorporated into a later house.

You can read more of the Tern Hill chapel on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-Conformist Chapels website here.

Grid ref: SJ 631326

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  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 17 August 1907, page 11.
    NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On Thursday the foundation-stone laying in connection with the erection of a new Wesleyan Chapel took place here. After the proceedings had been opened with hymn and prayer the Rev. Gregory Renton (pastor of the Market Drayton Wesleyan Chapel) called upon Mr. W. G. Harper, as the oldest local preacher, and the treasurer of the new building, to present Mrs. Dunn of Ternhill Villa with a trowel for the stone-laying ceremony … Mrs. Dunn laid the first stone, after which other stones were laid by [there follows a long list of named stone-layers] together with those laid by the superintendents and teachers of the Sunday school. Addresses were afterwards given by the Rev. F. J. Morgan (pastor of the Market Drayton Primitive Methodist Church) and Mr. F. Neilson (Wollerton) … Everyone at Tern Hill knew what the building of their new chapel meant. Not only did it add something on to Tern Hill, and the people of Tern Hill, but they had founded another station in the great advance of civilisation … Later tea was partaken of in a large tent, and this was followed by a public meeting over which Mr. W. J. Dutton (Nantwich) presided. It was stated that the total cost of the new chapel would be about £500, and towards this sum of upwards of £400 had already been promised.”
    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 15 February 1908, page 7.
    OPENING CEREMONY. The new Wesleyan Chapel at Tern Hill was opened on Thursday last, under very favourable auspices. For some years the need of a larger chapel at Tern Hill has been keenly felt, the old building being too small to accommodate the increasing congregations … plans were prepared by Mr. E. A. Craig of Market Drayton, and the work of erection placed with Messrs. Wood and Son of Market Drayton. Mr. W. Rogers (Market Drayton) generously undertook to defray the cost of providing ventilation for the new chapel, and members of the congregation undertook the necessary excavations and the haulage of materials … the work steadily progressed, culminating in the handsome and substantial edifice … The chapel itself is 32ft. by 18ft. The seats are on either side of the central aisle. The rostrum of polished woodwork, and handsome lamps and brackets, stands at the far end. On the left of the chapel is a spacious schoolroom, with separte entrance, and so arranged as to be utilised when necessary as an adjunct to the chapel. There is also a convenient vestry, and appliances for tea meetings. The building is of Wollerton brick, with roof of blue Staffordshire tiles, and the gables are finished off with Ruabon copings. The chapel is lighted by five mullioned windows, with Ruabon frames grooved for rhe reception of leaded lights. The chapel was formally opened by Mrs. Dunn, and the congregation attending the service which followed filled both chapel and schoolroom … No fewer than 230 sat down to tea … in the cheese factory (kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. T. Jones) … A public meeting was held in the chapel in the evening … The financial statement was presented by Mr. W. G. Harper, who said that the subscriptions totalled £405 0s. 7d. towards the £500 required. Addresses were given by the Rev. W. Cumberland and the Rev. j. Hornabrook, who spoke at length on the value of village Methodism … The collections in the afternoon (£22 7s. 3d.) and evening (£31 13s. 6d.) and proceeds of tea (about £11) will be devoted to the building fund.”

    By Janice Cox (05/12/2020)

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