Middlewich Primitive Methodist Chapel Cheshire

This building was erected in 1925

There was a Primitive Methodist chapel in Middlewich as early as 1841. This was replaced by another chapel in 1874 and finally by the present building in 1925. According to the statistical records of 1972 it was still open for worship but it closed shortly after that. In 2016 it is Dave’s Angling Supercentre.

Photos taken August 2016

OS Map Ref:118:SJ706660

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  • Almost a century after Cledford Chapel had been built, the three Methodist Churches in Middlewich agreed to come together to form a single new Church for the town. These were Chester Road, St Pauls and Cledford. So, between 1992 and 1998 these three churches closed down and finally Cledford Chapel itself was knocked down to make way for a new building. For about two years, the congregation worshipped at the Anglican Mission in Cross Lane. Then, in 2000, the new Middlewich Methodist Church was completed as a place for all three congregations to worship.

    In the early 1900s, a Mr Young who lived at Arclid used to come through Middlewich in his horse and trap, saw all the young children playing, decided they needed a Sunday School and took action! The land was purchased from a Mr Jim Buckley who owned a lot of farm land around that area. So, in 1904, what was then known as Cledford Chapel (and also as ‘Cinder Chapel’) was built on the site of our current church. In fact, Mr Buckley continued to live next door to the Church with his 3 daughters and his son. The ground at the back of the Chapel was used for allotments, a situation which continued right up to the 1970s. In commemoration of the origin of the chapel, Mr Young’s daughter, Miss M E Young, a local preacher, has her name on a stone at the front of the church, in the garden.

    Pam Maddock & Dorothy Stretch

    By Emma Higgin (26/05/2021)
  • I’ve added the return for Newton Lewin Street Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship. It was completed by Thomas Bernard, trustee and steward, of Sutton Lane.

    By Christopher Hill (01/10/2020)

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