St Ives East St Primitive Methodist chapel

East St St Ives Cambridgeshire PE27 5PD

former St Ives East St Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler (undated)

A Primitive Methodist Chapel in St Ives is recorded in Kelly’s Directories from 1847, but the chapel in Keith Guyler’s photograph was built in the last decade of the nineteenth century.  The 1898 edition of Kelly’s Directory records that a Primitive Methodist chapel was erected in 1895.

After closure in the 1940’s, the chapel was used to store furniture  and at the time of the photograph was offices for an insurance company.  See John Kiddle’s comment below for more detail.

In Google Street View in September 2014 it is still in the same use.

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for the correction John. I have amended the wording of the page which originally said the chapel was used by the Freemasons after it closed.

    By Christopher Hill (17/06/2021)
  • I think that there has been some confusion in this article. A baptist chapel off The Quay at Wellington Street was turned into the Masonic Hall. The chapel in East St. has, not to my knowledge, ever been used by the Freemasons.
    The Chapel in East St was closed in 1942 when the congregation moved to the Free Church. The building was then bought by my great-grandfather Edward Kiddle. He used the chapel as part of his furniture business Robert Kiddle & Sons, Bridge St, and he used it as a furniture store.
    The chapel was converted into offices in 1987 by my father Robin Kiddle.
    The chapel was built in 1895 on the site of what was a bowling green in 1728.

    By John Kiddle (17/06/2021)

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