Easton Primitive Methodist chapel


Third Easton Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1988
David Young
Easton Primitive Methodist chapel, Hampshire. Folk gathering in the year of its opening
Revd David Sharp ENBPM:2020.146
Return from Easton Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
Provided by David Tonks

This Easton is north east of Winchester.  The first Primitive Methodist chapel in the village was opened in Magdalen Lane in 1840. The Return from the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship shows that it held 100 people and the attendance on Census Sunday was 95.

A second chapel followed in 1870.  This became used as a bakery and was demolished in 1969.

The chapel in the photographs is the third in the village.  It was opened in 1909 – the year of Rev David Sharp’s postcard showing folk gathering outside the chapel – and served until 1969.  At the time of the photograph it was used as a house.  It is still a house in Google Street View in July 2011.

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  • The best example I know of the change in attitude from chapel to church is at Coleorton in Leicestershire, where the difference is carved in stone on two buildings which stand within 100 yards of each other.  The chapel is 1839; the church is 1901. Both have been converted to houses in the past two tears. Click here to see the pictures.

    By Christopher Hill (17/11/2015)
  • This chapel, now a house, has the title 

    1909 Primitive Methodist Church

    I know nothing more about this chapel, but it is interesting that it is called church, not chapel, a telling pointer to the change of self-perception among Primitive Methodists. No longer an expansive revival movement, they had by 1909 come to see themselves as one respectable Free Church accepted among a range of non-Anglican denominations.

    By David Young (16/11/2015)

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