Tetbury Primitive Methodist chapel

By Christopher Hill

Early Primitive Methodists missioned Tetbury several times with some success, but it wasn't until the 1855 mission by George Warner that a society of about 20 members was formed. They met in a room but the young society was "frequently annoyed, the room being so near the George Inn." However, the Wesleyans had a chapel and house for sale (as you do) so the Prims bought them for £196. The chapel came ready equipped with pews and gas lightingand the house rent was £8 a year.  

Tetbury Primitive Methodist chapel opened on March 21st 1858.  Preachers at the opening services and tea included bros.Warne, Comley, Rev T Page (Independent), G Wallace, G Warner and G Beale.  The opening is described by T Powell in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 refers to a Primitive Methodist chapel in Union Street, which was built in 1870 and which seated 100. The Victoria County History of Gloucestershire says "The Primitive Methodists built a chapel on Gumstool Hill above the workhouse in 1870 and occupied it until the union with the Wesleyans in 1932"

Did the 1858 chapel serve just 12 years? 


Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine July 1858 pp.433-434

Victoria County History of Gloucestershire accessed through British History Online 26/04/2017 at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/glos/vol11/pp280-281

 

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 26/04/2017.

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