Thorpe Satchville Primitive Methodist chapel

Main Street, Thorpe Satchville, Melton Mowbray LE14 2DQ

front view of the former Thorpe Satchville Primitive Methodist chapel
Christopher Hill April 2023
side view of the former Thorpe Satchville Primitive Methodist chapel
Christopher Hill April 2023
the date stone at the former Thorpe Satchville Primitive Methodist chapel. You can just about make out that it used to have some words on it, but you've no idea what they were.
Christopher Hill April 2023
memorial stones at the former Thorpe Satchville Primitive Methodist chapel. Apart from occasional letters (which may not be original) they are illegible.
Christopher Hill April 2023
Thorpe Satchville Primitive Methodist chapel

Thanks to Philip Thornborow for spotting the former Primitive Methodist chapel in Thorpe Satchville, near Melton Mowbray in April 2023.  At this time the former chapel was cunningly hidden as a garage.  It retained the outline of a datestone under the apex, but no writing was legible.

Leicestershire history website tells us that the Primitive Methodist congregation dates from the mid 1840s, and by the early 1880s were using an ‘old preaching room’. In August 1885 the foundation and memorial stones for a chapel were laid and it opened on 25 October 1885.  It cost £200 and at its opening only a debt of £75 remained, which was well within the Primitive Methodist connexional requirement that  at least a third of the cost of a chapel had been raised by its opening.

It is not included in the 1940 list of Methodist buildings.


Leicestershire history website accessed 19th April 2023 at:

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  • I’ve added pictures to the page. It seems that the garage may now be permanently closed.

    By Christopher Hill (24/04/2023)
  • A flavour of how this congregation managed before building the chapel may be obtained from The Grantham Journal of Saturday 26 June, 1880. “On the Lord’s Day, 20th June 1880, Mrs Lock of Scalford preached two very useful sermons in the Primitive Methodist place of worship on behalf of the rent and other expenses in connection with the above room.”

    The Leicestershire history website failed to pick up that there is a return for the preaching house in the 1851 Religious Census (HO129/418/18) George Tollington, the manager, reported an afternoon congregation of 21 with 58 attending in the evening. George Tollington (1810-1894) was an agricultural labourer.

    Elsewhere on this site we have a copy of the Melton Circuit Plan for April 1901. Thorpe Satchville seem to have been a very active chapel, with a lot of meetings (Circuit, Camp, Christian Endeavour, Anniversary). Whilst researching this note I found a reference in the local newspaper to a group from another chapel having a day trip to Thorpe Satchville. Perhaps it was a popular place to visit?
    The Steward in 1901, John Allen (1822-1906) was also an agricultural labourer. Thorpe Satchville remains a rural settlement on the Leicestershire Wolds.

    By Philip Thornborow (20/04/2023)

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