Melbury Cann Common Primitive Methodist chapel

Cann Common Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0DF

Melbury Cann Common Primitive Methodist chapel | Keith Guyler 1993
Melbury Cann Common Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1993
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Keith Guyler’s notes which accompany this photograph simply say “Melbury, Cann Common (Shaftesbury section), (SE of Shaftesbury)”   and that really is all I know.  After cruising around the area on Google Street VIew I cannot find the buildings.  I’m not even sure where to look – Melbury Abbas?  East Melbury?  Cann common?

I cannot find a chapel marked on the 1945 1″ Ordnance Survey maps of the area.

However, there are references to Primitive Methodist activity in the area:

  • Kelly’s Directory of 1895 says that there are two Primitive Methodist chapels in Cann Parish.
  • National Archives say that Melbury Abbas Primitive Methodist chapel was closed in 1953.

Can anyone cast light on this?

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  • We would like to see that please! Could you email us a copy to ?

    By Christopher Hill (19/11/2018)
  • I have finally tracked down a photo of the old chapel that used to be on Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury Mill Lane SP7 0BN.

    By David Coyle (18/11/2018)
  • I’ve been going over the old deeds and the new and I have records of the sale of the Methodist chapel and a very long list of the people involved.The site on which the Methodist chapel was built on you can not still to this day brew alcohol or gamble on the site. I’m still trying to locate old photos if anyone can help the site is bozley hill/mill lane.cann dorset


    By David Coyle (02/10/2017)
  • Thanks David; any thing you want to add to this site about the chapel and the people linked to it would be interesting.


    By Christopher Hill (27/11/2016)
  • Hello, I’ve just moved into Shaston Cottage on Bozley Hill, Cann. The other chapel is now my garage made from the bricks of the old chapel on it’s site. If you would like more info please let me know. Cheers Dave

    By david coyle (26/11/2016)
  • Thanks Adam.  With your guidance I’ve tracked it down on both the 1946 one inch Ordnance Survey map and Google Street View in 2011 and added the location map to the site.

    It boasts a satellite dish so is probably in use as a house.

    By Christopher Hill (26/08/2015)
  • This chapel closed c.1953 and was converted into a house soon after, it is just outside the village of Melbury Abbas on the road towards Shaftesbury.

    By Adam Miller (24/08/2015)

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