Chatteris Primitive Methodist chapel

location of a former Primitive Methodist chapel in Chatteris shown on old Ordnance Survey maps; was it the chapel opened in 1850?

was it on Bridge Street PE16 6RJ?

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist Magazine (1851: pp 110-111) contains an account by Henry Alderslade of the opening of the first Primitive Methodist chapel in Chatteris on the afternoon of Thursday December 12th 1850.

Previously the society had met in an old barn which they had kitted out for the purpose so the chapel was a clear step forward. It was built of white brick with a slate roof and measured 38' long, 26' wide and 18' high "to the roof plate".  It seated 250 and cost £281/9/6.  When at the last of a series of opening services  "the balance sheet of the accounts of the undertaking was read, all eyes sparkled and every heart was delighted."  They had collected £80 towards the total.

Mr Alderslade does not specify where the chapel was, but on the Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 map of 1888, a Primitive Methodist chapel is located on Bridge Street, at the junction with Chapel Lane (although it is not clear from the maps which side of the road it was on).  It is still there in 1902 but has disappeared by 1926. On Google Street View in October 2014 there is an impressive but unused building that looks as if it could have been a chapel, but it does not fit the description of the 1850 building.  

Can you help explain this?


Reference

Primitive Methodist Magazine (1851: pp 110-111)

 

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