Oakthorpe Primitive Methodist chapel

A Primitive Methodist chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps in 1884-5.  By 1961 it is labelled School Street Methodist church.  It disappears from later maps.

It is not accessible on Street View so needs some feet on the ground to investigate.

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  • My father the late Rev’d Jack Charlton was minister of this chapel from 1957 to 1963. I remember School Street Chapel as being a standard “Prim Box” with the schoolroom adjoining, I think at right angles, and in the centre of the schoolroom a large roaring pot-belly cokestove with stovepipe going right up through the roof and open access all round the stove, although it had metal fireguarding surrounding it … What price Health & Safety in those days … ! But it was the only heating other than the ubiquitous tea-urn.

    The pipe organ wound up at Granville Estate Chapel (now also closed) where I was privileged to play it in the mid 1970s, when Jack was Superintendent Minister of the South Derbyshire Circuit.

    By Tod Charlton (18/05/2019)

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