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I think there is some evidence that this is Wooburn Green chapel. The Buckinghamshire Family History Society index indicates that the first mention of the chapel was in 1832 (and that it closed in 1938). The National Archives hold the Register of Births and Baptisms at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in the parish of Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire from 1832 to 1836 (RG4/1361A). Whilst not conclusive, the fact that the register starts in 1832 suggests that the chapel may date from that time. Leary places the two preachers in London in 1832. The 1851 Religious census might be worth checking as it may give some information.
There’s an account by Charles Temperton of the opening of the chapel in the pictures in the Primitive Methodist magazine (1870/569). The chapel, which seated 250 people, was opened on July 3rd 1870 when the opening preachers included Rev P Pugh, Robert Mayer Esq. and Rev C Temperton. The foundation stone had been laid less than four months earlier, on March 21st.
Isn’t there another stone named Lanceley on the chapel walls ?
Robert was born on 19 July 1819 in Newbury.
He was baptised on 4th August 1819 in St. Nicholas’ church.
Oops Carrie….teach me to proof read properly I will get it corrected…should know better
Corrections; Devoran NOT Devron & this village is on the South coast, Portreath is on the North Coast. Otherwise an interesting article!
one further piece of information – which may be no help at all: the 1839 Primitive Methodist magazine includes an account by Jeremiah Gilbert of the opening of Frieston Shore Primitive Methodist chapel – and that was in the Boston circuit. See here for the full detail.
Christine, Chapels did not retain lists of members that are readily accessible. In order to see if your Great Grandfather was a member of this church you would need to see if you can find the records/minutes of the Trustees Meeting of that church which may mention your ancestor. Minutes and financial records covering the period 1925 to 1964 at to be found at Lincoln Archives.
Thank you Mr. Hill. I am most grateful for this information.
Would you know if my Great Grand Father was a member of your Chapel. His name was Simeon Freeston?
George Wadham Moorse and Mary Lupton were my great grandparents, my grandmother being Annie Eliza Sutcliffe (nee Moorse), however she died before I was born. My grandfather George Sutcliffe was a wonderful man who always had time for his three grandchildren. He was a headmaster at Swalwell school in county Durham, and I believe was the youngest headmaster in the country at that time. My father Raymond was their only child and my father. He was a kind and caring man who like his father always had time for people, he trained as a doctor, and was thoroughly liked and respected by his patients. Sadly he died in 2008 . He is greatly missed.
Matthew, Checking the 1939 Register, the King family were living at 25 Leazes Crescent, Hexham. That suggests that the paperwork you mention was indeed related to Rev George W King.
Hi. I came to this page after googling the name Rev. Geo. W. King. I did this because I recently bought some old paperwork from an antiques shop in Blackpool. In it was a letter and a quotation for an immediate annuity from 1942. It is from atlas assurance. The address that this person lived was 25, Leazis Crescent, Hexham. Is this the same person pictured? I would love to know. Thanks.
Postcode on circuit plan given as DE13 8PH!
Chris Morris (Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands) comments: Dear Messrs “My Primitive Methodists”, I am pretty sure that the postcode for St. Pauls Methodist Chapel, Woodmill, Yoxall, Staffordshire is incorrect. Its post code is given as DE13 8PH, whereas, I’m pretty sure that it should be DE13 8PG! I also think that the correct postal address (from the Post Office post code finder at http://www.postoffice.co.uk/postcode-finder should be “St. Pauls Methodist Chapel, Woodmill, Yoxall, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8PG”. Although Google Maps gives the postcode of St. Pauls Methodist Church as DE13 8PH in its information side panel for the church, if you click all around the church in Woodmill the postcodes are universally given as DE13 8PG whereas those at Woodlane are given as DE13 8PH! The postcode given specifically for St. Pauls at https://gridreferencefinder.com/ is, DE13 8PG and the Post Office website post code finder at http://www.postoffice.co.uk/postcode-finder also gives that for “Woodmill, Yoxall” as, DE13 8PG but that for “Wood Lane, Yoxall” as, DE13 8PH, so, it looks to me as though the correct postcode for St. Pauls should be, DE13 8PG (the only church that can be found in the DE13 8PH post code, looks to be St. Francis of Sales R.C. Church, which could cause anyone who didn’t know the area well, considerable confusion) but whether or not this makes much difference to a SatNav, I don’t know (I don’t have one with which to check ). I also think that in the directions, some specific advice concerning the junction of the A515 with Maker Lane needs to be given (for map readers rather than Sat Nav followers), as the A515 bears to the right and the first signpost seen is a local one, with no mention of Hoar Cross, or the Methodist Church. Carrying straight on would begin to take people up Maker Lane, where they might then miss the signpost to the right of the junction towards Hoar Cross & the Methodist Church but Maker Lane would be signposted to Hoar Cross Hall! Anyone not knowing the area might think that this was OK, subsequently they would then see a signpost for Upper Hoar Cross but not pass a church until they got to Holy Angels, Hoar Cross Hall. Total confusion, it looks nothing like any Methodist Chapel that I’ve ever seen but no other church would have been passed! Carrying on past hoar Cross Hall then would lead to a T junction, with only signposts to Newborough, Abbotts Bromley and the Meynell Ingram Arms. Much consultation of maps would be needed, to work out where a mistake had been made in following the route.
Hoping that this e-mail will help rather than confuse! Best Wishes, Chris Morris (Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands)
Drewery, Thomas was buried at Mill Lane Cemetery, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.
Thanks! Where can I find out about where this man might be buried?
I’ve done further exploration of Ordnance Survey maps and found the location of Sowerby Bridge Primitive Methodist chapel in 1890. It was on the other side of the river and canal to Bold Brow. I’ve amended the description above.
I’ve also explored maps of Sowerby village itself and found a Wesleyan chapel, with a burial ground at the northern end of Rooley Lane. It actually faced onto the back lane joining Rooley Lane and what Google Maps shows as the Rushcart Inn and what the 1894 OS map names as the Star Inn. On the 1964 map it is called Rooley Lane Methodist Church. There are new houses on the site.
Records are likely to be held in the County Record Office. Hope this helps.
Is it possible that this may be the chapel that stood on the site previous to the building of Bolton Brow Methodist Chapel, Sowerby Bridge. Perusing the history of Bolton Brow Chapel it appears that the original chapel occupying the site. Bolton Brow Chapel is now private flats and all human remains removed and cremated at Ellend Crematorium. Just a thought. I have searched for Sowerby Wesleyan Chapel at Sowerby (a couple of miles from Sowerby Bridge) without success; I have records of ancestors being baptised and christened there but it seems to have vanished without trace! I would be so grateful for any suggestions.
Lowdham Chapel now has a website:
Thanks for the pictures Paul. I’ve moved the small amount of information on the previous page on this chapel onto this one.
I’ve added the return from Hindon Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
The return from Figheldean Primitive Methodist preaching room in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship was completed by Benjamin Knight of Figheldean. He tells us that the society met in the house of Jacob Hulberts which must have been quite an experience as 28 people attended in the morning of Census Sunday, 66 in the afternoon and 70 in the evening.. The house was built before 1800. I’ve added the transcription to this page.
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