Herne Street Primitive Methodist preaching place

Herne Street

A building in the occupation of Thomas Christian was registered for worship by the Primitive Methodists in Herne Street, Herne, which was in Blean Registration District. When the Registrar-General published a list of buildings registered for public worship in June 1867 this building was erroneously described as being in Home Street, Home. Thomas Christian, however, appears in the 1861 Census as the householder of a property in Herne Street.

The preaching plan for the 3rd quarter of 1864 for the Canterbury Circuit (which is illustrated on another page of this site) confirms that there were two services each Sunday and a Monday evening preaching service in a room in Herne Street. As the occupier it is not surprising that Thomas Christian was the Chapel Steward and often planned there as a Prayer Leader. Because the meeting place was his house, rather than a distinct chapel it is not marked on any map, but evidence from  the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses reveals that it was next door to the village bakery and post office, as shown on the attached map.

Can anyone throw any further light on this group of North Kent Prims? When the story of the Canterbury and Whitstable Circuit  was published in 1914 they receive no mention. Thomas Christian died in 1886, so perhaps the cause did not survive him?

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