Hereford St Owen's Street Primitive Methodist chapel 1838

74 St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2QD

Former PM Chapel in St Owen Street
Gervase Guy
Large image of date plaque
Gervase Guy
Close up of date plaque
Gervase Guy
Hereford St Owen's Street Primitive Methodist chapel 1838

A chapel in St. Owen Street, Hereford, was opened in 1838 by the Primitive Methodist society which had been formed in 1826.  As the society grew, they needed more room and in 1859 the chapel was enlarged by the addition of a circular gallery and a second storey on the schoolroom, which meant the premises could hold an extra 200 people.

The alterations cost £200 of which £170 had been raised by the time of the re-opening, which was reported in the Primitive Methodist magazine by Thomas Hobson, who commented how generous were givers of all denominations.

They used the Town Hall (for free) whilst the work went on and held re-opening services and  a tea meeting for a very impressive 500 people, starting from July 17th 1859. Preachers included Rev R Hartley (Bristol) and Messrs T Hobson, Hartley, T Powell (Malmesbury) and J Shephard.

The 1838 chapel was replaced in 1880 and you can see a picture of the later chapel here. The 1838 chapel then became a Salvation Army Citadel and later passed into commercial use. Does it still exist?

OS grid ref: SO 5160 3965


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1859 page 630

Comments about this page

  • My great great grandmother was baptised on 7th April 1836 at Union Street, Primitive Methodists Hereford. This appears to be two years before the building in St Owen Street – does anyone know anything about this earlier building?

    By Hilary (22/07/2022)
  • It is now a dentist surgery called Chapel House dental surgery.

    By Claire (09/07/2020)
  • Thanks for the extra information Iain.  Any chance of a picture?

    By Christopher Hill (01/07/2018)
  • The old Primitive Methodist Chapel still stands about 500 yds up the road away from the town centre, just past the traffic lights. Until a few months ago it was a launderete. 

    By Iain Skinner (29/06/2018)

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