Meesham (Measham) Primitive Methodist chapel

Leicester Road Measham DE12 7JG

In the Primitive Methodist magazine of January 1860 there is an account by John Brining of the laying of the foundation stone of Meesham (Measham) Primitive Methodist chapel in the Ashby de la Zouch circuit. The stone was laid by George Hunt and the preacher was Rev J Dowty (Wesleyan).

After the ceremony, there was tea in the Temperance Hall followed by Rev King preaching in the Wesleyan chapel.  It rained.

Earlier Ordnance Survey maps of Measham do not identify the different brands of non-conformist chapel, but the 1923 map shows the Primitive Methodist chapel on Leicester Road, broadly opposite Iveagh Close. On the 1885 map it is simply marked as ‘chapel’, although it has pretty much the same footprint.

On the 1961 map it is labelled Leicester Road Methodist church.  The site is currently used for housing.


Primitive Methodist magazine January 1860 page 50


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  • Brilliant story Tod!

    By Christopher Hill (19/05/2019)
  • Much of Leicester Road was badly affected by mining subsidence in the 1960’s, and many buildings demolished. After the last-ever service held there, my father, the late Rev’d Jack Charlton, was giving one of the Stewards a lift home when the Steward remembered he had left some light globes, promised to another Society, in the Minister’s Vestry. Waiting for him in the car, Jack was startled to see him exiting the Chapel at a run – the ceiling plaster began to fall down on him as he carried them back through.

    By Tod Charlton (18/05/2019)

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