Melbury Cann Common Primitive Methodist chapel

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Melbury Cann Common Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 1993

location of Melbury Cann Common Primitive Methodist chapel

Cann Common Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0DF

By Christopher Hill

Keith Guyler's notes which accompany this photograph simply say "Melbury, Cann Common (Shaftesbury section), (SE of Shaftesbury)"   and that really is all I know.  After cruising around the area on Google Street VIew I cannot find the buildings.  I'm not even sure where to look - Melbury Abbas?  East Melbury?  Cann common?

I cannot find a chapel marked on the 1945 1" Ordnance Survey maps of the area.

However, there are references to Primitive Methodist activity in the area:

  • Kelly's Directory of 1895 says that there are two Primitive Methodist chapels in Cann Parish.
  • National Archives say that Melbury Abbas Primitive Methodist chapel was closed in 1953.

Can anyone cast light on this?

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 09/08/2015.
Comments about this page

This chapel closed c.1953 and was converted into a house soon after, it is just outside the village of Melbury Abbas on the road towards Shaftesbury.

By Adam Miller
On 24/08/2015

Thanks Adam.  With your guidance I've tracked it down on both the 1946 one inch Ordnance Survey map and Google Street View in 2011 and added the location map to the site.

It boasts a satellite dish so is probably in use as a house.

By Christopher Hill
On 27/08/2015

Hello, I've just moved into Shaston Cottage on Bozley Hill, Cann. The other chapel is now my garage made from the bricks of the old chapel on it's site. If you would like more info please let me know. Cheers Dave

By david coyle
On 27/11/2016

Thanks David; any thing you want to add to this site about the chapel and the people linked to it would be interesting.


By Christopher Hill
On 27/11/2016

I've been going over the old deeds and the new and I have records of the sale of the Methodist chapel and a very long list of the people involved.The site on which the Methodist chapel was built on you can not still to this day brew alcohol or gamble on the site. I'm still trying to locate old photos if anyone can help the site is bozley hill/mill lane.cann dorset


By David Coyle
On 02/10/2017