There is an account by John Allison of the laying of the foundation stone for Dovercourt Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1866 Primitive Methodist magazine.
The land was leased from RJ Bagshaw on a 99 year lease at 6 pence per year and the stone was laid by J Dore. Speakers at the stone laying ceremony and following tea meeting wereRev J Winkfield (Hadleigh), W Howlett, John Allison, L Richmond and Revs Barker, Trethewey, Winkfield and Hammond. Miss Smith (Yarmouth) “ably presided at the piano, and played a number of pieces of the most enchanting kind”.
The chapel was planned to cost £126 and they expected the funds to be raised within the first year.
When I first read the magazine account, I took this to be Upper Dovercourt chapel as it has the same 1866 date (which came from Keith Guyler’s photograph). However, when I checked the Ordnance Survey map for 1898, not only is Upper Dovercourt chapel marked but another Primitive Methodist chapel marked further east along Main Road, opposite the junction for Barrack Road. in Dovercourt itself. On the 1923 and 1955 maps it is labelled Central Hall and has the same footprint. It is still there in 1971 but with a different (illegible) label. In September 2016 Google Street View shows the site occupied by Park Court flats (CO12 3DF)..
So that seems clear – except that the chapel is not on the 1876 map – but the Upper Dovercourt chapel is! Help please!