Tadley, Hampshire

Tadley was on the Plan of the “Mitcheldever” Circuit in 1835, and was later transferred to the Reading Circuit. At the time of the 1851 Religious Census the Primitive Methodists were still meeting in a house; the census recorded 70 in attendance in the morning, and 91 in the evening.

The chapel was opened in 1859.

In 1870, when the Silchester Circuit was formed from Reading, Tadley became part of the new circuit.

The chapel has been demolished, and I have no photograph of it, but there is still a Methodist church in the village – or perhaps nowadays one should say town.

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  • The Primitive Methodist magazine (October 1859 page 629) gives more detail of the chapel opening in an account by P Coates. The foundation stone was laid on April 29 1859 when Rev Toulson (Reading) laid the first stone and gave an address, as did S Rouse (Mansfield). The opening ceremonies took place from 24th July 1859 when Rev Harland (London) preached. At the following day’s tea meeting speakers included Revs R Thompson, J Gold, W Cook, W Pierce (sic), J Peirce (sic), T Kimber and P Coates.

    The new chapel measured 26′ x 24′ and at that time was in the Silchester Branch of the Reading circuit.

    By Christopher Hill (04/11/2017)
  • The chapel was not demolished it is now a house next door to the chapel built in the 1930’s. So say elderly congregation members.  This is more obvious from the rear.

    By Tracy Bennett (11/10/2016)

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