Dawlish Primitive Methodist Chapel

Park Road EX7 9LJ

Dawlish Primitive Methodist Chapel

The chapel was on the north side of Park Road, Dawlish halfway between Hatcher Street and Luscombe Terrace.

Although there was considerable re-naming of Methodist circuits in South Devon, I think that the Dawlish chapel was probably in the Dartmouth Primitive Methodist circuit.

The chapel was constructed in 1881 by the local builder, John Knight.  It was moderately sized, probably brick built and with seating for 250 worshippers.

It appears on the 1890 25 inch map of Dawlish marked as Meth Ch (Prim) and again on the 1934 map marked as Ch.

Sometime after the 1932 Methodist Union the former Wesleyan chapel on nearby Brunswick Place became the Methodist chapel for this town.

The Primitive chapel was sold and demolished (when?) after which The Salvation Army constructed a Nissen type building on the site which lasted until the 1970s when a brick building replaced it. Subsequently around the early 2000s this too was taken down and replaced with a housing block which now occupies the site  and which can be seen on Google street view.

It is not known why The Salvation Army were not in a position to re-use the original chapel building and were only able to put their own Nissen type building on the empty site.

Sadly there is no known photo of the original chapel in local history records.

Much of the this information was provided by the Dawlish Local History Group

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  • Street View in 2009 shows the previous building on the site.

    By Christopher Hill (02/03/2022)

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