Churchill Primitive Methodist chapel

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Churchhill Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 1990

location of Churchill Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1880s

Kingham Road OX7 6NE

By Christopher Hill

Keith Guyler's notes say that the chapel in his picture was opened in 1904. The Churchill and Sarsden website says that the chapel was opened at Easter 1927 by Richard Cadbury of chocolate fame, on a site donated by David Crudge, a local farmer. The stone came from Chadlington. The iron gates were made by Charles Blake the village blacksmith and the chairs were made from trees grown in Churchill. 

This chapel is in Kingham Road OX7 6NE and still active in 2017.

On the Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 map of 1881-7, the Primitive Methodist chapel is marked on what is shown on Google Street View in August 2016 as an unmade Road branching off Sarsden Road roughly parallel with Junction Road.  

The Primitive Methodist magazine for October 1853 gives an account by J Herridge of the opening of Churchill Primitive Methodist chapel in the Witney circuit. Churchill is described as a large village with only thee parish church, the Wesleyans having failed to establish a society there. It was missioned by the Prims in early 1852 and despite the "ignorance and malevolence of the policeman with the opposition of those in higher authority", Mr Gardner first had his yard and premises licensed for preaching. and then gave part of the yard to build a chapel. Opposition grew stronger and two members and a n umber of Wesleyans who also attended Prim meetings were turned out of their jobs.

On August 1st the chapel was opened; Mr Cummin and Mr Herridge preached.  The tea meeting fed 120. The chapel was built of brick  with a blue slate roof, measured 24' x 18' and cost £82, of which they had raised £17/9/10.5. 


Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine October 1853 p.619

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 05/02/2015.
Comments about this page

I've added detail of an earlier chapel in Churchill.  Being a Prim was not easy; before the chapel was built, two members lost their jobs because they attended Primitive Methodist meetings.

By Christopher Hill
On 27/02/2017

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