Bagber Primitive Methodist Chapel

nr Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Bagber Primitive Methodist chapel
Mark Churchill June 2022
Bagber: return from the Primitive Methodist preaching place to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 269 2 1 4
provided by David Tonks 2021

Dorset History Centre holds the following information relating to this chapel.:

Ref. NM-7/S/1: Deeds to the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Chapel Road, Bagber, near Sturminster .Newton. Also Trustees, Sale of Property.

Ref. NM-7/S/2/TS/2/1: Sale particulars of the former chapel at Bagber and house attached to it

There is also the following lease dated 28 November 1853.

1. Charles Hopkins of Bagber, Sturminster Newton, mason

2. William Tucker of East Orchard, yeoman, William Ryall of King Stag,
Lydlinch, blacksmith, Richard Brown of Hazelbury Bryan, carpenter

Recital: that party 2 are members of the Sturminster Primitive Methodist
Mission and that party 1 agrees to let the below mentioned property
to them.


1 to 2: The newly erected building used as a chapel by the Sturminster Primitive Methodist Mission situated at Bagber, Sturminster Newton, bounded on the east by a field in the occupation of Charles Hopkins, on the west by a road passing through Bagber Common to Stalbridge, on the north by a field in the occupation of Ambrose Seymour and on the south by a house and garden in the occupation of Charles Hopkins.

Term: 21 years

Rent: The proceeds of the Annual Public Tea meeting

A further lease is dated 9 August 1880.

1. Charles Hopkins of Bagber, builder

2. William Cluett, Jesse Fish, Charles Standley and Alfred Lydford, members
of the Primitive Methodist Society


1 to 2: The Primitive Methodist Chapel situated at Bagber, Sturminster Newton

Term: Yearly with six month notice

Rent: £4

Condition: That the harmonium, bible and hymn books are the property of the Society

The Geograph website: Picture of former PM Chapel, Bagber, built 1877.

Comments about this page

  • I’m not sure what the prominent date 1877 signifies – renovation? extension? – however, the date in the tablet above it looks like 1855 but is probably 1853 in line with the lease referred to above. The name is now Chapel Meadows.

    By Mark Churchill (30/06/2022)
  • I’ve added the return form the preaching place at Bagber to the 1851 census of places of Public Religious Worship was completed by the steward, Robert Fish. 50 – 65 people attended the weekly services.

    By Christopher Hill (04/07/2021)

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