Overseal Primitive Methodist chapel

Goster-Lees (Gorsey Leys) DE12 6JE

The interior of Overseal Primitive Methodist chapel, probably the second chapel
From an article in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912 about Moses Bourne.
Overseal Primitive Methodist chapels

The laying of the foundation stone of Overseal Primitive Methodist chapel in Goster Lees is reported in the 1860 Primitive Methodist magazine by John Brining.

George Broadhurst (Linton) laid the stone. T King and  J. Brining preached. Tea for 350 from all the surrounding villages was provided.

Goster Leys turns out to be Gorsey Leys. The chapel is shown on the 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map of 1883 but has disappeared by 1901. Are any of the buildings in the area the remnants of the former chapel?

As Steve Bulman explains in the comment below, the Gorsey Leys chapel was replaced by a later chapel on Woodville Road (SK 3000 1572).  It appears on the 1901, 1921 and 1937 Ordnance Survey maps.  In 2023, Harleys Courts is on the site.


Primitive Methodist magazine  October 1860 page 621


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  • Hi. There was another P.M. chapel in Overseal. It shows on the 25″ 1901 O.S. map on Woodville Road at SK 3000 1572 . The 1″ map of 1952 still shows it as a place of worship (presumably plain Methodist by this time), but it isn’t labelled on the 1960 map. Streetmap shows that it has been demolished and housing built on its site.
    Given the 1912 date for the magazine with the above interior photo, perhaps it’s of this later chapel rather than the Gorsey Lees one?

    By Steve Bulman (30/10/2023)

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