Guyhirn Primitive Methodist Chapel


Guyhirn Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1868, of brick, with pews, and seating for 147.  It was still open for worship in 1973, when it had seating for 120, as well as 76 in the Sunday School Hall.   The building no longer exists.

The newspaper cutting about its reopening is not dated. It references my Grandparents, Rev. Harold and Thirza Wright (nee Payne).

Editor’s note:  Harold Wright was the minister at Retford from 1946-50, so it must date from this time.

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  • Miss B Payne was Beatrice Payne not Barbara. She was spinster and never married. She was heavily involved with the chapel.

    By C Lilley (nee Haynes) (23/09/2020)
  • Photos of the Guyhirn chapel (and adjacent) village hall can be found on the Wisbech Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network website at;

    The foundation stones of the hall, which still exists, feature the names of several of the prominent members of the local Primitive Methodists.

    By Martin Lazell (23/08/2019)
  • Again, many thanks for posting this. I would just note that at the time of writing the Miss B. Payne referred to in the article is still with us. She is my great-aunt. After the war she married a returning airman who had been a POW in Germany. According to family mythology, he was much feted in the village, as many farmers and farm workers had been in reserved occupations. But much to the congregation’s consternation, he turned out to be a Roman Catholic! His reception cooled somewhat after that. Barbara converted to Roman Catholicism, had four children and went on to work for the Roman Catholic diocese of Westminster. She now lives in Kent.

    By Nick Payne (12/07/2019)

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