Fincham Primitive Methodist Church, Norfolk

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Photo:1878 Fincham Primitive Methodist Church with 1904 Sunday school  in 1997, when it was unused and derelict

1878 Fincham Primitive Methodist Church with 1904 Sunday school in 1997, when it was unused and derelict

Keith Guyler 1997

near King's Lynn

By Rachel Larkinson

This picture shows Fincham PM Chapel, although I think it might be the schoolroom in the foreground and the chapel is the building of which only half is visible.  The original postcard has two almost identical buildings side by side.  It is addressed to my grandparents (Rev and Mrs F.C. Davidson) when they were in Basingstoke (1921-4) and dated 29th December 1921. 

My great-grandfather (Rev James Davidson) was minister in the King's Lynn Circuit in 1899 and nearby Downham in 1900-02, when my grandfather was growing up, and lasting friendships were made there.  The people of Fincham gave my grandfather a Gladstone Bag when he went away to Manchester to Theological College in 1902, as he records in his diary.  Then my grandfather himself was minister at Fincham 1915-21.

The message on the back of the postcard reads:
'Dear Friends, Thanks for P.C. Hope you are all well.  We have had a Happy Xmas, 10 of us went carol singing and have collected £2/10/-.  I have a few more calls to make. It is for S.S.F.  Had two good services on Sunday.  Hope you are having a good time.  Best wishes for the New Year.  Kind regards, Yours sincerely, M.& A.& M. Woods.'

This page was added by Rachel Larkinson on 28/06/2012.
Comments about this page

It is indeed the school room in the foreground. I preached there in the late 1970's, and the chapel is on the left of the picture.

By Andrew Fielding
On 18/09/2013

The Primitive Methodist magazine gives further detail in an account by Richard Howchin (November 1858 p.682). The chapel was built in 1835 and in 1858 the trustees spent £50 making the chapel 12' longer and added a gallery.

It re-opened from September 5th 1858 with services and a public tea in W Bywater's field. Preachers included R Howchin, T Lincoln, J Ogden, W Cork, J Lyndoe, E Hewing, E Carter, T Howell, JD Digby,  and J Harpley.

By Christopher Hill
On 01/05/2017