Burwardsley Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cheshire

Built in 1843, now a house.

Closed in 1993 (?).

Photographs taken by Alison-Mary Smithson, 17th January 2010.

Photographs taken by Richard Pearce, 24th January 2013

OS Map ref: 117:SJ522566

In a further post on Burwardsley chapel now included here, Mike Kiddle wondered whether “the Methodist Church (was) the influence for the nearby cottages being named Meshach and Shadrach. The third cottage appears to have extended and is now named Holly Cottage. It may have been originally called Abednego to complete the trio.

There is a road near St John’s Church called Mount Tabor, also from the chapel’s influence. Mount Tabor is reputed to be “the high mountain” mentioned in the Old Testament, and in Matthew Ch 17, and other gospels, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.” (Ed CH)

Comments about this page

  • I own this Chapel. The sign on the front isn’t fake, and I have the original deeds from 1842. 


    By H (15/11/2017)
  • The 1874 1:2,500 OS map does indeed show this building as a Primitive Methodist chapel. The Cheshire West and Chester web site shows that planning permission for the conversion of the chapel to a dwelling was granted in December 2000. The conversion works were carried out in the summer of 2001.

    By David Noble (11/08/2013)
  • Ah! Then I am convinced the plaque over the door is fake, for two reasons: (1) in the 1840s it would have said ‘chapel’, not ‘church’; and (2) it would have included the word ‘Primitive’. Some chapels had their original plaques replaced or altered after 1932. That is probably what happened.

    By David Young (11/08/2013)
  • I too have taken a photo of this chapel, but I have never known which branch of Methodism it belonged to. The engraved name is very odd for a Primitive Methodist chapel, as it omits the word Primitive: and did the Primitives use the abbreviation A.D.? Similarly, would it not be unusual for a Wesleyan chapel to say simply “Methodist”? Have we checked the 25-inch OS maps which give the denomination of chapels? Could it have been United Methodist, for they were active nearby (e.g. Shocklach, and Holt)?

    By David Young (09/08/2013)

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