West Bergholt Primitive Methodist chapel

Chapel Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JB

The first West Bergholt Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1838 on what became Chapel Road with a school room added later. By 1851 it held 240 and attracted congregations of 174 in the morning, 242 in the afternoon, and 100 in the evening. In 1858 they enlarged the chapel to accommodate 50 more people. In the process they managed to reduce the overall debt on the chapel.

It re-opened on 19th September 1858. Jonathan Scott describes the services and tea meeting for over 100 people in the Primitive Methodist magazine. Addresses came from J Kimish of Winchester, and the Revs TW Davids of Colchester, J Scott, Poock, Howchin, W Jackson (Baptist) and R Church of Colchester.

The chapel was rebuilt in 1871, and was attended by around 130 people in 1873. In 1878 it was replaced by a larger one further north on Chapel Road (CO6 3JA) which by 1894 had been enlarged. It was still open in 2017 but is not on the Methodist find-a-church site in 2020. .

The 1838 chapel still exists in 2010 as a shop.


Primitive Methodist magazine December 1858 pp.748-749


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  • The rebuilt ,1838 Chapel was used as a British School until 1901 and was not sold until 1949.
    The Primitive Methodists had a School in about 1851 but it had closed by 1857
    Because of the rebuilding of the 1838 Chapel only a small part of the surviving building formed part of the original Chapel.
    The 1878 Chapel closed in 2019

    By Martin Broom (17/01/2020)

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