Gamlingay Primitive Methodist chapel

Green End, Gamlingay, Sandy SG19 3LE

Tim Banks
Tim Banks

William Cooper writes in the Primitive Methodist magazine of March 1856 of the opening of Gamlingay Primitive Methodist chapel in the Buckden mission.

“For about ten years our people have been labouring under many discouraging circumstances at Gamlingay, for want of a suitable place in which to worship, having only a cottage for this purpose, and frequently nothing but the open air. But having at length obtained an eligible plot of ground a little distance from the cross, we have erected a neat and substantial chapel.

It was opened for Divine worship on Wednesday, December 6th, 1856, when two sermons were preached by C. J. B. Jackson, from London. We had an excellent tea meeting the same day, when seven trays were given for the occasion. Sunday, December 9th, two excellent sermons were preached by C. J. B. Jackson, and one by the Rev. B. Haslin (Independent). December 16th, three sermons were preached by C. Procter, from Baldock.

The collections were good at all the services, and we have let all the pews. It is a very neat chapel, and is likely to do well. The total cost will be about £160. We have collected £32, and are actively engaged in collecting the remainder required by rule.”

There is a further report in the 1870 magazine, this time by Oliver Jackson , about the chapel’s re-opening on Sundays 8th & 15th May 1870.  Speakers included Rev Jackson and Rev John Rackham. They had  remodelled the chapel built 14 years previously making it 18′ longer and holding 14 extra pews.

The chapel was located at Green End and was a plain yellow brick building; it was registered in 1856. It was purchased by the county council in 1958 for use as a primary school. On Google Street View in 2009 it appears in good order, still  used as a school.


Primitive Methodist magazine of March 1856 pp.175-176

Primitive Methodist magazine 1870 page 504

Victoria County History of Cambridgeshire, accessed through British History online March 25th 2017 at

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  • This page was modified on 2 May 2017 to add pictures supplied by Tim Banks. He adds that the former chapel was used as a Playgroup in April 2017.

    By Geoff Dickinson (02/05/2017)

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