Cove Primitive Methodist chapel

Cove Road, Farnborough GU14 0EL

Cove Primitive Methodist chapel

The opening of Cove Primitive Methodist chapel is recorded in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1867 by John Moore.

“Foundation Stones Laying and Opening or a New Chapel, Cove, Hants, Bagshot Mission.

“On Sunday, May 26th, 1867, two excellent sermons were preached with blessed effect by the Rev. Danzy Sheen, of London, in a large and commodious room at Cove, Hants, kindly lent by William Etherington, Esq., of that place. On Monday 27th, at 3 o’clock p.m., a sermon full of pathos, power, and gospel truth was delivered in the said room by the Rev. VV. Campbell (Presbyterian), of Aldershot, after which the ministers, preachers, and people sang in procession to a plot of land (value £10) given by said Mr. Etherington as a site for a Primitive Methodist chapel.”

Donors included W. W. Pocock, Esq., Guildford; Thomas Richardson, Esq., Windlesham; G. Palmer, Esq ., Reading ; Mr. E. Hunt;  Messrs. E. Sarney, A. Hutton, S. Breakwell, E. Breakwell, J. B. Wheeler, F. Nash, and William S. Moore; Mrs. Woolford; Mrs. Potter; Mrs. Wake, T. W. Pocock, Esq., Virginia Water and A Friend.

“A large and respectable party partook of an excellent tea, kindly provided by Mr. and Mrs. Sarney, which yielded a nett profit of £6. A public meeting followed, presided over by Mr. J. Moore, and was efficiently addressed by Messrs. J. B. Wheeler, E. Hunt, S. Breakwell, and E. Sarney, and T. Richard son, Esq., and Rev. W. Campbell, which was attended by God’s special presence. …”

On Sundays, August 4th and 11th, and Monday 12th, the chapel was opened. Preachers at the services and meetings included the Rev. B. Tonkin, John Moore, Rev. S. Turner, of Reading, Rev. G. Moss, Baptist Rev. W. Campbell. There was  tea provided by Mr. and Mrs. Sarney again in one of Mr. Hetherington’s meadows,

We are told that “the chapel stands on an eligible site, in the centre of the village”, and there is an extensive description., down to the corbels.  The cost was £154 2s. 6d. , towards which they had raised £86 16s.  0¾d.

In the 1888 magazine we are told of the laying of the memorial stones for a replacement, but still small, chapel. It is on the same site, but they have enlarged the plot. It’s opening is recorded in the 1889 magazine. The original chapel was too small for the growing congregation and society. Nearly all of the £500 cost wast raised by the opening.

The current Cove Methodist church stands on the same piece of land.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1867 page  686

Primitive Methodist magazine November 1888 page 698

Primitive Methodist magazine January 1889 page 59

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