Cadnam Primitive Methodist chapel

Southampton Road Cadnam SOUTHAMPTON SO40 2NQ

original Cadnam Methodist Chapel
Provided by Gordon Lewis
Current Cadnam Methodist chapel, formerly a Congregationalist chapel
Keith Guyler 1988
Return from Cadnam Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
Provided by David Tonks

The present Cadnam Methodist society started as a Primitive Methodist Society in 1833.  They met in a small building, possibly wooden, which stood on the site of “Roselands” at the rear of the Cadnam Police house. In  1865  a piece of unfenced wasteland, part of the New Forest was acquired  to build a new chapel  The society was part of the Sway Circuit and the Superintendent minister at the time was Rev. John Wright.

In 1965, because of increased traffic using the popular A31 holiday route to the South Coast, the society relocated to the former Congregational Church.  This is the chapel in Keith Guyler’s picture; although his notes label it as the former Primitive chapel, it is actually the same as the building shown on the current church website (2014), located on Old Romsey Road by the White Hart.

For some years the old chapel by the roundabout was retained and used as a hall. After the present church hall was opened in 1978 the old chapel was sold and two houses were built on the site, one of which is called “Chapel House”.  Thanks to Gordon Lewis for providing the photograph of the original Prim chapel. Gordon tells us that “To the left of the chapel was a large garden with the caretaker’s house at the back. I cannot remember if the house was joined to the chapel or not.”

The story of how Cadnam Primitive Methodist chapel grew  into the current Cadnam Methodist church can be seen on the church website.

Cadnam Methodist church website, accessed July 24th 2015


Comments about this page

  • Thanks for the further detail Gordon. It would be good to add a picture or two of the old chapel; please send to and we’ll add them on

    By Christopher Hill (09/02/2020)
  • I was christened at the old Primitive Methodist Chapel which, as Jill Whitehead says, was located near Cadnam roundabout on the A31. My late father was society steward and was involved in the move from the Primitive Chapel to the old Congregational Chapel which is the one shown in the photograph above. I was married at the “new” chapel as was one of my sisters. All three of my children were christened there too. Until the old chapel was demolished in the 1970s, it was used by 1st Cadnam Girls Brigade until the brigade became too small and joined up with the larger 1st Totton Girls Brigade several miles away. I do have photographs of the old chapel if anyone would like them to publish on this page.

    By Gordon Lewis (09/02/2020)
  • Brilliant detail; thank you Jill

    By Christopher Hill (01/07/2016)
  • The location of the 1865 chapel was on Southampton Road just west of the roundabout on the A31.  Looking north there is an old cottage set back from the old A31 and the chapel was next to it on the right where there is now a new house with a hedge and conifers. The 2 other new houses nearer the roundabout are on the site of several small old cottages in a terrace.  The back part of the chapel building comprised accommodation for the chapel caretakers who had use of the plot of land on the west hand side where they grew flowers and vegetables. There was also a large plum tree and 2 apple trees, and a small patch of grass where there was a well supplying water.

    By Jill Whitehead (30/06/2016)

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