Thurmaston Garden Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Garden Street South End

The first Primitive Methodist chapel in Thurmaston in the Leicester circuit was opened in 1833.

Geoffrey Oxley tells us that up to 1829 the Primitives had met in the house of Mr Liquorice in a district known as the Pingle. They then moved briefly to Mr Barford’s house. The new chapel, which was also in the Pringle, was opened on 28/01/1833 & 29/01/1833.   Opening sermons were preached by J Peart and T Simmons on the Sunday and T Clements on the Monday.

The opening was described in the Primitive Methodist magazine by J Peart, who described the chapel as “well finished” and a building which “reflects credit on the architect Mr Wilbur.” It measured 18′(w) x 24′(l) x 16′(h).

In 1851 the chapel provided 88 free and 65 other sittings. In response to the growing numbers the chapel was extended to 35 feet long in 1856. It was probably closed in 1882 when the Melton Road chapel was built. It would be hard to say whether any vestiges of the building survive.

You can read about the later Melton Road chapel here.

Grid ref SK611094


Reference

  • Primitive Methodist magazine 1833 page 451
  • TNA HO129/416/4/9/19
  • The Melton Mowbray Mercury and Oakham and Uppingham Times, 5.6.1884
  • Site visit 15.9.2018

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