Ilford Connaught Road Primitive Methodist chapel

Connaught Road Redbridge IG1 1RN.

Ilford Connaught Road Primitive Methodist chapel

Martin Fairhurst tells us that the chapel was sited in what is now the London Borough of Redbridge, on the north west Corner of junction of Connaught Road with Stanley Road, IG1 1RN.  Grid reference: TQ446866

It opened in 1897 and closed in 1936.

A temporary iron building was opened in 1897. After closure in 1936 its members joined the Ilford Lane (ex-United) Methodist Church. On the Connaught Road site the Apostolic church was opened shortly before the Second World War. During the war it was wrecked by bombing and rendered unusable. In 1960 a new building was erected on the site.

The house forming the rear part of the building is called ‘The Manse’, which sounds
Very Methodist to Martin!

The 1897 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 794)  records the opening of the iron chapel at Ilford – “a rising suburb of East London.”   It believes the opening is evidence of the aggressiveness of the Upton Park circuit.

You can read, complete with pictures,  the story of the two temporary iron chapels in Ilford, now the London Borough of Redbridge, here. It tells you what happened after Methodist Union in 1932.

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