Newbold Verdon Primitive Methodist chapel

Main Street Newbold Verdon LE9 9NN

189? Newbold Verdun Primitive Methodist chapel
Christopher Hill 2018
189? Newbold Verdun Primitive Methodist chapel
Christopher Hill 2018
189? Newbold Verdun Primitive Methodist chapel
Christopher Hill 2018

J Shaw describes in the 1860 Primitive Methodist magazine how the growth of a Sunday school led the society to pull down their previous chapel and rebuild it larger.

“Newbold Verdon, Hinckley Circuit, is a pleasant little village, about ten miles from Leicester. It contains a population of about 800 souls. Many years have passed since our people first missioned this village, but the fruit of their labour remains. Our preaching services were held in dwelling houses until 1860, when a small chapel was built which afforded but little accommodation for the congregations that assembled. However, they put up with the inconvenience until about twelve months since, when a Sabbath-school was formed which increased so rapidly that a cry came from every side, “give us room that we may dwell.” It was therefore determined to pull down our walls and enlarge our sanctuary ; plans and specifications were drawn out, estimates sent in, contracts made, and all preliminary matters settled.

The work is now completed, with the exception of painting. The chapel is a neat, substantial brick building, 28 feat by 21 feet outside : it is lighted by six windows, four in the front and two in the back gable ; it has a comfortable little gallery at one end ; it will accommodate 190 per sons with seats, 80 of which are in, pews, and 110 free. The roof is well covered with lady slates, the front gable is raised a little above the roof, and has good stone coping with a ball at the top. The cost of the rebuilding (including the materials of the old chapel) is £80, towards which we have obtained nearly £30, and we hope to raise £10 more during the present year, so that the debt on the premises will be increased £40.

The opening sermons were preached by Messrs. J. Brownson, of Leicester, J. Shaw, of Hinckley, and Sergeant Coulter, who preached the concluding sermons, connected with the opening, February 29th, 1860. We intend to thoroughly paint the chapel, and also to put up wrought iron palisading.”

The current  (2018) Methodist church in Newbold Verdon carries the label “Primitive Methodist Church 189?” although the actual year has been eroded. Ordnance survey maps show that a chapel – presumably the Primitive Methodist one – was on this s site previously.

Foundation stones on the current chapel are becoming eroded, but the following names are legible – Mrs J Hill (Bagworth – two stones?), Mr E Stevens and Mr Statham (on behalf of the Sunday school).


Primitive Methodist magazine June 1860


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  • Newbold Verdon Primitive Methodist Chapel and school were built of brick in 1894. By 1910 £600 had been spent on the buildings. From 1910 to 1940 the chapel seated 150 in pews. In 1940 the accommodation comprised a chapel measuring 33 feet by 21 feet and seating 150 on the floor of the chapel all in pews except the choir for which chairs were provided, a school hall (20⅓ feet by 22 feet). The chapel continues to be used as a Methodist place of worship. And there is an image of the chapel on this website. Find Us (
    Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office N/M/142/92
    John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940/692 (Hinckley, Albert Road, Circuit)

    By G W Oxley (06/01/2021)

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