Ashbury Primitive Methodist chapel

Return from Ashbury Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
Provided by David Tonks

An account of the opening of Ashbury Primitive Methodist chapel in the Faringdon circuit is given by H Heys in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1839. Opening services took place on  June 24th 1838.  The new chapel measured 27′(l)  x 17′(w).

This 1838 opening date is later than the 1833 date given in the return to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship by Henry Cousins the steward.  This is prbably explained by Mr Heys who says that  the premises were purchased in 1834  but nothing done until 1838 when Hugh Bourne visited and assisted in marking out the ground ready for the chapel to be erected.

On census Sunday the attendance was 60 in the afternoon and 70 in the evening.

Ordnance Survey maps show a Primitive Methodist chapel on the northern side of the road from Idstone, just after it enters the village.  I can see no trace on Google Street View.  Is there any evidence left?

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1839 page  373

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