Lambourn Primitive Methodist chapel

High Street Lambourn

Lambourn Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 2000
Lambourn ex-Primitive Methodist Chapel
Supplied by Simon Charters
Return from Lambourn Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship. It records that the chapel opened in 1837.
Provided by David Tonks

The Lambourn High Street Primitive Methodist chapel in the Newbury circuit shown in Keith Guyler’s photograph opened for worship from October 7th 1859, when Rev J Toulson preached at the opening service.¬† Other speakers at the services and tea meeting for 140 included W Bell, E Bew, W Phelps and S Turner who described the events in the Primitive Methodist magazine, although spelling Lambourne with an “e”.

The chapel was closed in the 1950s and the notes accompanying Keith Guyler’s photograph say that it then passed into commercial use as Strategic Meeting Press.

The chapel was located up an alley off the High Street, adjacent to the High Street car park, behind street front buildings on the northern side of High Street, east of the junction with Edwards Hill. The label as a church/chapel disappears from Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 maps between 1936 and 1981. However, the building (or a later one) still exists in commercial use РGinger Video.

It is not visible on Google Street View.

There are some lively memories of life in the chapel on the Lambourn Info website.


Lambourn Info website, accessed August 3rd 2015

Primitive Methodist magazine December 1859 page 743

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  • There’s an account of the opening of an earlier chapel in the Primitive Methodist magazine (July 1838, page 257). G Price says that it opened on October 13th 1837 when the preachers were Bros. J Preston and J Hobgood.
    The society had met in the open air and cottages until this time. Thanks were offered to Bro F Wentworth and friends who got up the chalk stone with which the chapel was built.
    How does this relate to the 1859 chapel?

    By Christopher Hill (09/05/2019)
  • I’ve updated the information on this chapel, including correcting the location. Sorry if the original confused anyone.

    By Christopher Hill (23/11/2017)

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