Portesham Primitive Methodist chapel

Back Street Portesham WEYMOUTH DT3 4EZ

The current (2015) Portesham Methodist Church was opened in September 1867 as a Primitive Methodist Chapel in the Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland Primitive Methodist Circuit.  The Circuit Superintendent Minister was the Rev. Samuel J. Wallis.

In 1882 a village committee raised £250 for the building of a Temperance Hall next to the Church and a Band of Hope was established for young people. The hall was initially run by both Churches in the village but the Methodists had assumed full responsibility by the 1930s.

Keith Guyler describes the building at the side of the chapel as a School from 1906 rather than a Temperance Hall.  What is the story here?

Portesham Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1989
chapels of the Weymouth circuit
Christian Messenger 1913/247

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  • Hi,

    I have been a member of Portesham Methodist for the last 15 years and Church Council Secretary  for the last 10 years. A few years ago I put together a few details about the Church on the web site http://www.timothy.demon.co.uk/(I no longer own or maintain the site but it can still be viewed).  Keith is correct the School Room was added in 1906 to the main building. The Temperance hall is to the right of the Chapel (not in the photo). It was built in the same year as the Chapel and is now a private residence. The Chapel has a well maintained garden, adjoining land used as an allotment, and a car park. We are part of the Weymouth Methodist Circuit.

    By Clive Stokes (04/09/2015)

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