Devonport Morice Town Primitive Methodist chapel

approximate location of Morice Town Primitive Methodist chapel

Herbert Street

By Christopher Hill

In 1854 there were no Primitive Methodist societies in the Plymouth mission; by 1858 there were 9 preaching places and 150 members. The foundation stone of Morice Town Primitive Methodist chapel in Devonport was laid on the afternoon of Monday 2nd August 1858. Around 500 people attended the ceremony at what was to be the first Primitive Methodist chapel in Devon and which was located in a growing neighbourhood.

Preachers at the service included Samuel Harding, who described it in the Primitive Methodist magazine, and Rev J Pyer (Independent). Rev J Stock (Baptist) laid the stone, under which was a bottle containing Conference minutes for 1858, the month's magazine, the preachers' plan for the quarter and some coins.

Later there was a tea meeting for 250 in the Baptist chapel. Addresses were given by Revs Pyer, Stock, Overbury, Johnson, Mitchell and Pithouse.

The opening took place on Friday March 4th 1859. Speakers at opening and following services included  W Harland (London), Rev Mewton, Rev T Drew (Guernsey) who missioned Morice Town and Rev T Horton (General Baptist).  

The chapel was expected to cost around £500 of which they planned to raise £200. In fact, by the opening they had raised £150, with an anonymous donation of £10 and £10 from W Hicks of Lotwithiel.

The chapel was located on the south east corner of the junction of Herbert Street and Charlotte Street. Curiously, I cannot find it on Ordnance Survey maps before 1907; there's a story here. 

Herbert Street chapel was destroyed in the Second World War.


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1858 pp.624-625

Primitive Methodist magazine June 1859 p.367


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