Stockbridge Primitive Methodist chapel

meeting in a cottage

Return from Stockbridge Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
Provided by David Tonks

The Return from Stockbridge Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship tells that the society met in a cottage that they had used since 1850.

They had just one service each Sunday which averaged around 35 attendance.  There was no Sunday School.

What happened to the Stockbridge Society? Well, one thing was that they built themselves a proper chapel.  Its opening is set out in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1864. I am unable to find the chapel on Ordnance Survey maps.  Where was it and what happened to it?

This is the account:

“Chapel. Opening at Stockbridge, Andover Circuit.—Here we have raised, in a good situation, a neat, commodious, and substantial building. It will accommodate 150 persons, and cost, exclusive of land and deeds, £147. It was opened on Sunday, September 18th, by H. Yeates, and the Rev. G. Wallis, of Basingstoke, who was the first Primitive Methodist minister who attempted to raise a cause in the place.

As a missionary he received great opposition and brutal treatment from the inhabitants, but now we are thankful to say the state of things is different. The most cordial entertainment was given to him, and his congregations were overflowing.

On the Monday we had about 340 to partake of tea, being more than 100 beyond our expectation. Though we have not twenty members in the place, yet our finances for the building poured in from all parts of the circuit. We shall secure £60 ; and we have nearly £20 promised for the first anniversary. Our way is clear, our prospect good, and we are commencing a Sabbath school, and putting forth efforts to promote a revival of God’s work. H. Yeates.”

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine of 1864 pages 745

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