Upper Dovercourt Primitive Methodist chapel

The Green, Main Road, Dovercourt, CO12 4LS

Upper Dovercourt Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1988

Upper Dovercourt Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in 1866.

It is still active in 2015 as Upper Dovercourt Methodist church.

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  • Sadly this chapel is now closed, as of about three years ago. It has been given planning permission as a Social Club.
    I went to Sunday School there in the 1950s and my Grandmother played the organ.
    I was invited to take an anniversary service there probably about 2002, and it was very well supported. The 1960s hall at the rear was an excellent facility.
    There must have been a fairly rapid decline in membership, and it closed along with almost all the remaining chapels in the old Harwich and Manningtree Circuit.

    By John Hull (12/04/2023)
  • This chapel, at which I’ve had the pleasure of preaching a number of times over the years, is less than a mile from Dovercourt Central Church (Meth/URC LEP). Although small, this is a very friendly church that has regular ‘Tea Services’ as well as morning services.

    By Brian Clow (25/04/2020)
  • Can you unscramble this ?
    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.

    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!

    I’ve set up a page for Dovercourt chapel, but am not convinced the magazine article relates to it. Help please!

    By Christopher Hill (15/04/2019)

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