Elam (Elm?) Primitive Methodist chapel

Wisbeach circuit

By Christopher Hill

Elam was first missioned around 1825.The new society moved from house to house until a small chapel was built in 1835. It was opened on February 26th and March 1st 1835 by G Tetley, S Atterby and the Rev  I Jarrom, Tutor General of the Baptist Academy. There is an account by Edmund Butters and Michael Taylor of the opening in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

The chapel was later enlarged as the society continued to grow and the Sunday school reached 130. In the Primitive Methodist magazine, James Seager tells us that in 1855 a larger chapel was erected, 37 ft. by 27 ft. 9in. without, and 19ft. from the floor to the ceiling. It had a front gallery, four circular-headed windows, two windows in the sides, and two in the pulpit end ; gauged arches and rustic quoins, slated roof, boarded floor, and walls 14 in. thick. It accommodated 300.

On July 25th, 1855, the foundation stone was laid and Mr. J. G. Wright preached, soon before he went to the Burra Burra mines mission in South Australia. The opening services commenced on Thursday, October 25th 1855. Opening sermons were preaced by Mr. R. Key, Mr. W. Wainwright, and a public tea was provided on the following Monday. The entire cost of the erection was £220.; and a debt of £30 was still owed on the old chapel.

Elam Primitive Methodist chapel was the fourth new chapel opened in the Wisbech circuit within twelve months “and all are doing well”.

Does anyone know what happened to it? It would also be good to know where it was. Could Elam be a transcription error for Elm, which is a village south of Wisbech?


Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1836 p.63

Primitive Methodist magazine January 1856 pp.43-44

 

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