Seagrave Primitive Methodist chapel

Green Lane, Seagrave, LE12 7LU

North Leicestershire was evangelised by the Prims from 1817 onwards. When Hugh Bourne preached on the Green in Seagrave in January 1818 there was already an infant society.  The May 1818 plan of the Loughborough Circuit shows that the preacher taking the 2pm service in Thrussington then moved on two miles to take the 6pm service at Seagrave. By 1822 Seagrave had two services at 2 and 6, meeting in a farmhouse. The chapel was built in 1845, seating 90. On 31st March 1851 the attendance at 2pm was 55 adults and 33 children. 85 adults attended at 6pm, according to John Talton who described himself as the Elder. The population census reveals he was a farmer.

By 1974 the membership was down to seven, and the chapel closed soon afterwards. As the photograph shows it is now a house.

Grid reference SK616177


Kendall (1907) The origin and history of the Primitive Methodist Church. Vol.1 pp 287-291

TNA HO 129/416/1/2/5

Site visits: 2003-2018

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    On page 291 of his two volume history Kendall includes a photograph of the first indoor preaching place. It is a building with the date 1751 in the gable end. This is still standing and when invited to view the interior in 2005 there was a row of coat or hat pegs and the remains of coloured walls. Far removed from general agricultural use.

    By David Leese (12/03/2019)

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