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Bishops Castle Methodist Church

By Alison Shepherd on 26/02/2018 at 16:25

Shropshire Council has issued an ‘Article 4 Direction’ to prevent the imminent demolition of the Bishops Castle Methodist Chapel citing:

Historic Interest (understood to have been built in 1904 as a Primitive Methodist Church and on the site of an earlier church building of 1864. - considered to have historical interest through its links to the development of the Methodist faith in south-west Shropshire, and communal interest through its role as a non-conformist place of worship) and Architectural Interest (the church is of grey rock-faced stone with buff coloured sandstone dressings, beneath a slate roof. Although the architect is currently unknown, the design is of some refinement particularly at the western end where the window tracery exhibits arts and crafts influences. Some of the windows contain coloured and stained glass)

The Council was alerted to its likely demise by a member of the public; it seems that the local church have no further use for it stating that ‘the condition of the interior of the church means that it is unsafe to use’ but ‘they wish to retain the land upon which the church stands and use it as a play area’; and ‘consequently are left with no option but to demolish the building’

I am not local the Bishops Castle, so do not know the local circumstances, but it seems sad to lose this interesting and significant chapel in Primitive Methodist history in Shropshire.

More information can be found on the Council’s website at: and any representations can be made by 5 March 2018 by email to or by post to the Historic Environment Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND (ref. 18/00598/PA4).

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