Tydd Gote Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:Tydd Gote Primitive Methodist chapel

Tydd Gote Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 1995

location of Tydd Gote Primitive Methodist chapel

Main Rd Tydd Gote Cambridgeshire PE13 5QD

By Christopher Hill

In Keith Guyler's picture, the chapel is on the right and the building on the left is the British School.

The first Tydd Gote Primitive Methodist chapel dates from 1843 in West Street. It was soon too small and in 1859 a new chapel was built behind the present British School building on the current site; its location is now partly in the garden of the adjacent bungalow. The Primitive Methodist magazine has an account of the opening, although it calls the chapel Tyd Gate.

Opening services took place on July 17th 1859. Speakers at the services and following day's tea meeting included R Howchin, (Lynn), Rev Mr Archer (Wesleyan), J Crabtree, Rev Dalby (Wesleyan), Rev Hester and William Crown who wrote the article in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

J Kerridge drew up the plans and specification free of charge, but the whole development, including boarded floor, slate roof, a rood of land and the cottage on it cost £258/10/-. Towards this they had raised £86, in part through a tea for 280. The building took three months

The School building dates from 1869, ten years after the chapel.  It was built by the Trustees in order to allow all children in the village to have access to basic education. It continued in this use until state education for all became established, after which its use was as Sunday school.

As the congregation continued to grow a third chapel was built on the same site in 1903.  The building incorporated 5 cisterns to capture water as the village did not have mains water until 1929. The chapel closed in 1976.

Martin Peirce got in touch on 31st October 2017 to say "I preached at Tydd Gote back in the 1990's. By that time it was part of "Rural Ministries" (formerly the Datchett Evangelical Fellowship) and being run as an Independent Evangelical Church." 

On Google Street View in 2016 it is named Fenlands Church. There is an excellent account of how the Primitive Methodist society developed in a booklet on the Fenland Church website.

location: TF 450180 


From the Wash to the Fen; booklet on the Fenland Church website accessed September 10th 2015

Primitive Methodist magazine October 1859 page 625



This page was added by Christopher Hill on 10/09/2015.