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Norfolk Heritage Explorer (NHER no 40212) records that the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Hill Gate Street /Wesley Road was demolished in 2004 and gravestones relocated. It noted that all of these stones referred to Primitive Methodists -suggesting an earlier PM chapel on the site.
my grandfather Edward Langdon died in 1936 preached at the chapel, my grand parents also had a general store somewhere in Pontypool. I was born at lorncliff pontymoile.
Good afternoon from Australia! This is a brilliant site.
I’m conducting some family history research, and have found that all 10 children of the Jenkins family were baptised in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Morrice (sometimes Morice) Street, Devonport (sometimes Plymouth Dock), Devon. All 10 baptisms took place between 1821 and 1840, before the construction of Devonport Morice Town Primitive Methodist chapel, Herbert Street began in 1858. I’m not even sure if the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Morrice Street was a “Primitive Methodist” chapel.
Do you have any information?
Did you know that his fathers half bother was also a methodist minister
It is located at 51.547216, -0.234042 on the south side of the High Road (A407) opposite Villiers Road. Based on the 1908 photograph, the chapel has seen little outward change. It was axquired by the New Testament Church of God, a Pentecostal denomination, and re-registered by them on 5 November 1964. By my calculations that makes it the third oldest NTCoG church that is still in its original building, and the second oldest chapel conversion.
To Christopher Hill:
No, I don’t think so! He was running a family motor haulage business in Whiteley Green, William Kirk. Steve will confirm.
was William Kirk posted to Wiltshire in the Second World War as a member of the Non-Combatant Corp?
Was this the Chapel in Loftus (Also named as Arlington PM Chapel) in Arlington Street, Loftus. If it is, Then this has been demolished between 2022 and 2023. There is an article to this building on the web, https://loftusmasterplan.co.uk/project/arlington-chapel/ And the streetview images can be seen before 2023 and other years down to 2008.
Hi, this man is my great grandfather. Has anyone been able to find out who his parents were? I think they may have been William Graham and Catherine Hickey. However, I am not sure of this and I would love to be able to know any Grahams further back, or alternatively any information about my great grandfather. I really appreciate any help anyone can give me, thank you in advance.
Yes – and I knew your Dad and Mum quite well. Good to be in touch after all these years!
William Kirk was my grandfather and up to my late teens I lived in Whiteley Green. Went to Sunday school , afternoon and evening services at the chapel. I also remember Ada Sheldon.
Thanks to Diane Lawrence, a member at Hall Street, for correcting the information formerly on this page which originally said that the chapel closed as a Methodist society in 1976. In fact the chapel has been used by the Methodists since 1863 and continues as a functioning Methodist church to this day.
Thanks for the update regarding your grandmother. I have amended the text above. She was born on 31 August 1887 and died in the spring of 1974.
This is a lovely obituary of my grandfather, Albert Vickers. Obviously there is plenty I could add about his three children, including my mother Marjorie, but I just wanted to clear up the info about my grandmother, May Vickers, nee Brooke. She was born in August 1887 and slightly outlived her husband – I think she died in 1974, certainly not before then. Thank you, Ed Tattersall.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the permanent closure of Braydon Chapel. We must say it has not been a decision made by those of us who regularly enjoy Sunday fellowship here. But a decision made from the Upper Thames Methodist Circuit. Our last service is this Sunday the 26th November 2023. It will be a celebration of the past 140 years of Braydon chapel and the lovely kind people that have passed through the doors of this beloved Tin Tabernacle! We will begin at 4.30 with a ploughman’s supper and a time to share memories and photos of what Braydon Chapel had meant to us . There will be a service at 6pm lead by Rev Clive Deverell. If anyone has anything they’d like to share about the Chapel old or recent then please get in contact. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly, this church is no longer open. The building deteriorated badly during the Covid lockdown, and so did not reopen and has been sold. The members are still keeping in touch with each other.
This is the chapel where Robert Curzon (or Curson) was minister when he was sent to Stafford Gaol in November 1905 for a month for non-payment of rates. The nonconformists who wouldn’t pay the education portion of the poor rate (because it was seen as going to the Church of England) were called “passive resisters”. Curzon had a lot of popular support. Some of his flock are reported to have walked from Newcastle to Stafford in the rain in December to be present at 7:35am when he was released. On 8 December 1905 the Yorkshire Sentinel allocated one and a half columns of very dramatic prose to the release and quoted Curzon on such subjects as sentences not determined by magistrates on the bench but over whisky drinking. It’s a good read. I should think his sermons were lively!
Its registration for worship and for marriages was cancelled on 5 May 1971, although there was a major revision of the Worship Register in that year to “clear out” buildings which had fallen out of use, so it may have closed before then. It is marked as “Methodist Chapel (Primitive)” on the 1897 OS map, so the date of 1883 appears to be correct.
Its registration for worship and for marriages was cancelled on 13 October 1935. It was re-registered as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Rochdale on 30 December 1935.
George’s parents could not have been Primitive Methodists Gary. Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, died in 1791 and Primitive Methodism was not formally founded until 1811, well after the dates you are interested in. You can see an informative diagram here: http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/history-familytree.htm and read a verbal account here: http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/heritageofmethodism.htm
My name is Gary in Australia & I am tracing my wife’s forebears including George Phillips who marries Sarah Smith & then Mary Tofts.
#George Phillips His 1st wife was Sarah Smith, banns read 1724 October and 1 November 1758 the vicar neglected to put the marriage in the register. There are a great many gaps in the entries for Langley
George Description St John the Evangelist Last name Phillips Place Langley Birth year 1737 I cannot find George’s parents & I am wondering if they were Primitive Methodists. Looking forward to hearing from you.
According to Family Search Ralph Fothergill was born in Colburn, North Riding in 1845 to William, an agricultural labourer and Eleanor. He emigrated to New York in 1873, marrying Lucy Martin on 4th July 1873 in Brooklyn, New York City. He was still a clergyman, and is recorded in the 1880 US Census as living in Fall River, Massachusetts. He died there on 22nd April 1882, of smallpox. Ralph and Lucy had six children: Edmund William (1874-1934) Marian Eleanor (1876-1882) Thomas Howard (1877-1964) Lucy Emily (1879-1960) Edith Ralphine (1882-1960) Mary (1882- )
His widow Lucy was born in 1849 and died in 1933. We are not told which denomination Ralph served in Massachusetts, but the local Hertfordshire newspapers have many references during 1871 to his activities as a Primitive Methodist minister, so perhaps he transferred to one of the American conferences.
The Streetview shows the adjacent house that is named “Chapel House”
The Branksome Methodist Church in Poole Road closed in 1986. It was not replaced by the Jehovahs Witness Hall which was built in the Railway Station car park. When the church was demolished the flats next door the the Jehovah Witness Hall were built.
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