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Pictures from a second page on Broad Lane have been added to this page. On that page there were also the following comments: By Ade Marks (06/05/2013) We are truly delighted to see these pictures of Grapevine Community Church on this website. We value and appreciate the Primitive Methodist history of this chapel and the communities of worshippers who were there before us. Thank you for your prayers and vision. We would be most grateful to receive any information and photographs which enable us to describe and celebrate this rich history. Please do let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in and say hello! By Wendy Pointer (06/05/2013) The second picture is certainly of a church which is thriving with God’s blessing. For those interested here is our web page: http://www.grapevinecommunitychurch.org/ If you attended the chapel in the past or have an interest in the history of Illogan churches feel free to drop in – perhaps share a coffee and a chat on a Friday morning, you are sure to be welcomed with a smile! By David CRACKNELL (07/05/2013) Its a project on going so we would love to hear from anyone with information. As Wendy has said, its a thriving chapel. Having closed in the 1990’s, the local Apostolic congregation took it on with support from Redruth Baptist Church, before passing to Grapevine Community Church. The original chapel (which was wood) opened in 1859, and the present chapel followed in 1887 and extended shortly afterwards. Famous persons connected are Richard TANGYE (of TANGYE Bros. Engineers) and Thomas MERRITT (Composer). I believe the site celebrates 155 years in 2014.
Further information about Primitive Methodism in Wallesey can be found at the History of Wallesey website. In relation to this chapel it records that after “World War One it was decided to open a new chapel. A site was obtained in Poulton Road, Seacombe, on the corner of Northbrook Road. The stone laying ceremony was held on 21st May, 1927, and was laid by Charles Wass Esq, J.P., who was to become Vice President of Primitive Methodist Church in 1930. The church opened for worship on 4th April, 1928, with the dedication service started by Revd. J.H Saxton of Middlesborough.
In the Second World War the Primitive Methodist Church was destroyed by a bomb during the March 1941 air-raids. The church was then demolished in 1944.”
The 1941 statistical return records the chapel as brick built seating 600 with three school halls and 11 other rooms.
Chris, Thanks for the photograph of the chapel.