Fordham Primitive Methodist chapel in the Soham circuit was opened on Friday September 27 1850. Preachers at the opening services included Rev AT Shelley (Independent), Mrs Thurgur, H Alderslade. Celebrations were intended to include a communal tea for 500 but this was frustrated by “boisterous” wind, so they met in the Wesleyan chapel instead.
The new chapel was built on a site bought from a publican for £11. The chapel measured 38′ x 23′ x 15½, had a truss roof with a bull’s eye in the front gable, a good ventilator (and apparatus for the preacher to regulate the ventilation) and enough land to build a Sunday school if necessary. It cost £135 of which they expected to raise £50. Particular practical help was provided by Messrs D Fison, G Dennis, Townsend and Seaby.
The account in the Primitive Methodist magazine was written by J Thurgur.
The chapel still stands, on New Path, now in residential use, but retaining its original date tablet.
Primitive Methodist magazine December 1850 pages 748 – 749