Bloxworth Primitive Methodist chapel

Bloxworth, BH20 7ED

Bloxworth Primitive Methodist chapel was sited up this bridleway off the A35, where the building is on the right
Mark Churchill; November 2021
Old Chapel House, Bloxwich. Does it contain elements of the former Primitive Methodist chapel on its site?
Mark Churchill; November 2021
Bloxworth Old Chapel house name plate
Bloxworth Primitive Methodist chapel

The December 1886 Primitive Methodist magazine records the laying of memorial stones for “a neat little village place of worship” in Bloxworth, in the Poole Station and the March 1887 magazine reports the opening. It had taken the society 50 years to get there because of difficulty in securing a site and during that time they worshipped in a cottage.

It was expected to cost £200 of which half had been raised.

The chapel was located well away from the village, just north of the A35 Poole to Dorchester road. It is still marked as an active Methodist church on the 1955 Ordnance Survey map.  Street View is not brave enough to venture there.

When I created this page in 2020, I asked, “Does the building still exist?”  Thanks to Mark Churchill for the pictures and an answer, learned from a visit in 2021.

“We can see why Streetview didn’t venture – it’s a bridleway. The owner told us they bought the site from a builder and erected the present house in 2006. He thinks the chapel building may have existed till 2004. The Old Chapel sold in 2005 for £183,000 and in 2006 for £460,000. One of the images on this site shows the footprint of the current house

Further up the bridleway is a lovely cottage currently used as a holiday let; parts believed to be 15th century. The interesting thing is that it’s called Methodist Lane Cottage. According to Streetcheck.co.uk  “

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1886 page 761

Primitive Methodist magazine March 1887 page 187-8

Comments about this page

  • Dorset History Centre indicates that the chapel closed in 1959

    By Martin Reeves (11/01/2022)

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