Pembridge (High Street) Primitive Methodist Chapel
Directly on North side of A44, High Street, Pembridge Civil Parish, Herefordshire
Location GR – SO 39029 58140
In 2013 the building is a dwelling. The wall plaque states “ Primitive Methodist Chapel 1891”. It is not known when it was closed or sold off as yet.
Herefordshire Through Time web site states :- The chapel sits by the side of the main road through the village, directly opposite the New Inn Public House.
In 1890 Charles Russell donated land for a chapel and the building was erected in 1891 with the help of local members. Services started with a Class Meeting at 10.30am, followed by Sunday School at 11.15am. The afternoon service started at 2.30pm and the evening service at 6.30pm. Tuesday evening was Fellowship Night and Prayer Meetings were held on Friday evenings at 7.30pm. Until electricity was installed in the chapel in 1935, solid fuel stoves and oil lamps were used during services.
In 1948 the Congregational Chapel just up the road in East Street was purchased by Mr. T. Russell and donated to the circuit. It was renovated and used for Sunday School, among other things (see below). In 1962 it was decided to move back to the High Street Chapel. The Pembridge Chapel now worships with Bearwood and Eardisland at Bearwood Chapel on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month and returns the favour on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. (Information taken from Fred Bluck, Methodism in the Marches)
Kelly’s Directory 1913 Hfds, P 168. PEMBRIDGE. A Primitive Methodist chapel.
On the 1903-4 OS Herefordshire 1:2,500 map the building is marked as Meth. Chap. (Prim)
On the 1974 OS Herefordshire 1:2,500 map the building is marked Meth Chap.
The above maps may be viewed at Old Maps
Methodist Church, Statistical Returns, 1940 – 211 Presteigne & Kington – Pembridge (High Street) – Structure, brick. Seating Accommodation, 100. Type of Seating, F. School Hall, -. Other Rooms, -.
These are the chapels (originally PM) listed in 1940 for the Birmingham District – 211. Presteigne & Kington. Presteigne (Warden View), Willey, Coombes Moor, New Street (Lyonshall), Pembridge ( High Street), Noke Lane Head.