Mevagissey Primitive Methodist chapel

Mevagissey: return from the Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 306 3 2 6
transcribed by David Tonks 2021

The return from the Primitive Methodist chapel in Mevagissey to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship was completed by the minister, Robert Watson Monkman of St Austell.  He reports that the chapel was erected before 1800 and seated 125 with a further 60 standing. On Census Sunday there was one service in the evening which attracted 430 people – it was quite full!  The normal congregation was 120 for a morning service.

I cannot find the chapel on late Nineteenth Century Ordnance Survey maps.  Where was this chapel and what happened to it and its people.

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  • There were certainly a Primitive methodist society in Mevagissey but no chapels in the early circuit. In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Mevagissey having chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists

    Wesley was a friend of the Dunn family and probably also stayed at their house, now the Haven Restaurant in Fore Street. Captain James Dunn, known as the old Reprobate and his son of the same name, also a sea captain, were influential men and smugglers, though James junior gave up the occupation when he became a Methodist in 1805. In the next generation the captains son, Samuel Dunn (1798-1882), became one of the leaders of the Methodist Reformers throughout the country in the 1850s. Samuel was a minister in the primitive methodist church and lived in Mevagissey. Mevagissey local history suggests that numbers 9-14 Bank Terrace housed the first methodist chapel in Mevagissey. Although this is not marked on any maps this part of Bank Terrance is listed cottages and I wonder if this is where the first Primitive Methodist Society had their meetings.

    also DMIB reference…


    By Jo Lewis (08/05/2021)

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