Sherrington (Shevington) Primitive Methodist chapel
Shevington Moor (Almond Brook) Primitive Methodist chapel
A Kirkland has described the opening of the Primitive Methodist chapel in Sherrington. Services started from June 24th 1860. Preachers at the opening included Mr. A. Wilson, A. Kirkland (Chorley), W. Ball (Golbourn) and J. Ball, of Wigan.
The new chapel measured 10 yards by 8 yards, seated 150 and cost £240 of which £120 had been raised.
When we consider that the trustees, and the members of the society, are all working people, and having had no large sums of money given them, we think they have done well, for which we thank the Great Head of the Church. Our sanctuary is the only place of worship in the village.
But where was this chapel?
I can’t find a place called Sherrington between Chorley and Wigan, but there is a village called Shevington. The old Ordnance Survey maps I have access to do not show a Prim chapel in the village, although there is one further north in Shevington Moor. Between the 1909 and 1929 maps a large building is built alongside the chapel to the west; the original building is labelled “Sunday school”. Both buildings are still there in 1968 but this time the Sunday school is to the west. They are reversed again by 1977.
On Google Street View in 2009 there is a well maintained building carrying the words “1910 Primitive Methodist Church”. It is used by Lester Pet Care. Where the original chapel was is a modern house.
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website tells us that this was Almond Brook Primitive Methodist chapel. Known locally as Shevington Moor Methodist chapel, it was founded in 1869 and closed in the 1980s, so it is not the chapel from the 1860 magazine
In Shevington itself, the maps show the current Shevington Methodist church as built between 1960 and 1968.
Can anyone cast light?
Primitive Methodist magazine October 1860 page 617
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website accessed February 6th 2018 http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Shevington/churches.html