Wokingham Primitive Methodist chapel

Denmark St, Wokingham RG40 2AY

The Primitive Methodist magazine for September 1857 contains an account by J Thomason of the opening of Wokingham Primitive Methodist chapel.  At the time Wokingham was a town of about 3,500 people and was first missioned in the late 1830s. Meetings were held in the open air, then in a cottage and then in a leased upstairs room fitted out as a place of worship.

When the lease ran out a piece of land was given by J Walters MP and a new chapel built. Opening services were held on June 21st 1857 with sermons from CH Harcourt (Baptist) and Rev E Bishop (London). 220 people came to the following day’s tea meeting.

The chapel was 30′ x 21′ and 13′ high, and boasted air bricks in the walls and ceiling, and gas lighting. It cost £200 of which they had raised £90.

On the 1872 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map the Primitive Methodist chapel is marked at the junction of Denmark Street and Langborough Road, where the British Red Cross building is in 2016. It was still there on the 1912 map, but by 1933 it has become the Memorial Clinic.

On Google Street view in September 2016, the building fronting the street is a modern one, but to the rear is a building which could well be part of an earlier chapel.


Primitive Methodist magazine September 1857 pp.555-556


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