Leicester Clipstone Street Primitive Methodist chapel, later Highfields

Melbourne Rd, Leicester LE2 0DR

Leicester Clipstone Street later Highfields Primitive Methodist chapel | Primitive Methodist Conference Handbook 1907
Leicester Clipstone Street later Highfields Primitive Methodist chapel
Primitive Methodist Conference Handbook 1907
Clipstone Primitive Methodist chapel, with the sign marking the former Clipstone street | Christopher Hill February 2016
Clipstone Primitive Methodist chapel, with the sign marking the former Clipstone street
Christopher Hill February 2016
Clipstone Street Primitive Methodist chapel | Christopher Hill February 2016
Clipstone Street Primitive Methodist chapel
Christopher Hill February 2016

The former Clipstone Street Primitive Methodist chapel is still in use in 2016 as the New Testament Church of God.

The first Primitive Methodist sermon heard in Leicester was preached by John Benton in 1818.  Clipstone Street chapel was opened in 1884 and it was one of the venues for the 1907 Primitive Methodist Conference when it came to Leicester.  At that time it was known as Clipstone Street.  However, Clipstone Street as a road does not appear on a current street map; but the street name sign is still on the right hand side side wall. It overlooks a yard, the entrance to which is blocked by gates.  The whole area has been subject to considerable redevelopment and Clipstone Street as such has disappeared.

In time the chapel became known as Highfields chapel. It is on the current Melbourne Road. Some of the commemorative tablets on the outside of the chapel can be seen in the document below.


 

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Remaining readable commemorative tablets at the former Clipstone Street Primitive Methodist chapel, Leicester

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  • Leicester, Melbourne Road/Clipstone Road/Highfields, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Leicestershire
    Melbourne Road/Clipstone Road/Highfields, Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1883. The architect was RP Ridder of 20 Joliffe Street, Princes Road, Liverpool. His plans show a traditional design consisting of a range of rooms in a semi basement with the galleried chapel at first floor level. The lower floor was unusual in that it was designated as a “gospel temperance hall” rather than a school room. The hall itself occupied the northern two thirds of the space and had a platform at one end. Along its southern side were four classrooms. This floor was accessed from the front of the building and through a dedicated entrance on the north side. Behind the hall and classrooms was a passage giving access to the yards on the south side, to stairs to the chapel, to an infants’ classroom in a structure built at an oblique angle to the main building, to a tea room, to another classroom, to toilets, and to the heating chamber. The upper floor was reached from the front of the building by a combination of external and internal steps. The interior contained three blocks of seating divided by two aisles. The pulpit was at the end with blocks of seating facing inwards at each side. Behind was a passage leading to two classrooms above the infants’ room, stairs to the temperance hall, and two vestries. The gallery occupied three sides and there was an orchestra behind the pulpit. A feature of the exterior is the choice of a white brick with red dressings for the two sides facing the highway. The two sides which would have been hidden by other buildings were in the more usual red brick.In 1940 the chapel had seating for 370 in pews and there were two schoolrooms and five other rooms.
    Sources
    Leicestershire etc. Record Office 23D67/12889 Leicester City building plans
    Methodist Accommodation returns, 1940
    Site visit 8.9.2018

    By G W Oxley (19/10/2018)
  • Leicester Record Office:

    Ref. DE6043/ 115: Highfields PM Church/Chapel Sunday School & Gospel Temperance Hall, Account Book, 1882-1917.  

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (05/03/2018)

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