Lostwithiel Primitive Methodist chapel


There is a reference to a Primitive Methodist chapel in Lostwithiel in Pigot’s 1830 Trade Directory.

The Primitive Methodist magazine of December 1857 includes an account by E Powell of the laying of the foundation stone of Lostwithiel Primitive Methodist chapel.  The chapel was located in Cott Road, Bridgend.

The ceremony took place on the afternoon of Monday October 5th 1857. The stone was laid by Mr James Perkins, a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Association and Rev J Harris led the prayers.  There were celebration sermons and a public tea meeting for over 220 people and children. Preachers were Rev Harris, and Messrs Rundell, Powell and Honor.

In the 1859 magazine, I White describes the completion and opening of the new chapel. Services of celebration took place on 20/02/1859 & 20/03/1859. Preachers were  CG Honor, LK White, Mr Hicks, T Lane, J Harris (Baptist) and I White. At the first service “three souls found peace with God and the sum of £10-5s was collected”. In addition tea for 100 was provided.

The total cost of the chapel was £200 of which £60 had been raised by the opening.

The chapel is marked on Ordnance Survey maps in 1907.  By 1972 it has disappeared.  On Google Street View in 2011 it looks like the same building has been converted for residential use.  Am I correct?


Primitive Methodist magazine December 1857 page 750

Primitive Methodist magazine June 1859 page 368-369


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  • Thanks for the information Mary. Chapels sometimes included a cottage either as a home for the minister or chapel keeper, or simply as a source of income. Most Prim chapels were in debt when they opened and a bit of income would be a welcome boost.

    By Christopher Hill (29/06/2020)
  • Hello. I live in a cottage attached to the back of the Chapel. Converted to dwelling c. 1933. Does anyone know anything about its original role? We call it Sunday Cottage. It has some ‘original’ features including tall brick arches in its South wall, granite initialled stones (benefactors or masons?) & a small stained glass window (poss 1930s). Thank you. Best wishes Mary Jones 27/06/2020.

    By Mary Jones (27/06/2020)
  • Thanks for your post Marcus.

    By Christopher Hill (06/10/2018)
  • I currently reside at this old chapel and i would like to see any old photographs that may exist before it was turned into a dwelling.
    There is no clear evidence of how it was left inside .
    We did establish that major work was carried out by local tradesmen in 1936.

    By Marcus Wherry (06/10/2018)
  • Thanks for the confirmation Keith.  Nice to get it right for a change! I’ve just added details of the actual opening which took place early in 1859

    By Christopher Hill (19/10/2017)
  • I can confirm Christopher’s assertion that the former Chapel at 3 Cott Road is now a house. Attached to the side of this house is a difficult to read plaque stating PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL and a date that looks like 1858.

    There are three photos of the plaque and building  in this flickr album.  If you look at the Google Street view photo you can see the location of the plaque in relation to the whole building.

    If you want to look at  the building from different angles here is the link to Google Street view.

    This reference states that the chapel closed in 1933

    “….In the meantime a Primitive Methodist Chapel was opened on Cott Road in 1858 and was closed in 1933 after the Methodists were reunited in 1932”

    By Keith Southgate (09/08/2017)

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