Shillington Primitive Methodist Chapel
Bury End, Shillington, Bedfordshire
The Primitive Methodist congregation in Shillington joined Luton Circuit in 1878. However, Registration for worship in Shillington was not made until 20 December 1887 by William Brass, Pembroke Road, Baldock (Herts), Primitive Methodist minister. It is described as being in Bury End and according to Kelly’s Directory had 100 sittings.
A new PM Chapel was built at a cost of £350 in 1906, the opening taking place on Wednesday 17 October. Fundraising in aid of the Chapel Trust was necessary which included on 26 June 1912 a ‘grand garden fete’ in Goby’s Meadow featuring Gravenhurst Brass Band.
Following Methodist Union, Shillington PM was renamed Bury Road Methodist Church until its closure in 1995.
Sources and References
Bedfordshire Chapels and Meeting Houses: Official Registration 1672-1901 Volume 75 Bedfordshire Historical Record Society – Edited by Edwin Welch
Kelly’s Directory 1898
Biggleswade Chronicle 19 October 1906
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 5 July 1912
Luton Methodism in the 20th Century
Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service – Community Archives website Overview of Primitive Methodism in Luton