Alvingham Primitive Methodist chapel

Church Lane, Alvingham LN11 0PY

former Alvingham Primitive Methodist chapel on Church Lane: became a garage then The Old Chapel
Keith Guyler 1995
possibly Alvingham Primitive Methodist chapel - but more likely Alvingham Free Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1995

In his collection of photographs of Primitive Methodist chapels, Keith Guyler provides two photographs of chapels in Alvingham. One picture is labelled “Alvingham garage 1848”.  This building is located on Church Lane at the corner of Highbridge Road.  On Google Street View in 2009 it has been converted into a small house, The Old Chapel, with the datestone 2003.

The second is labelled “Alvingham House probably not PM”.  His notes say that this chapel also dates from 1848 and after closure became Chapel House.  The 1974 Ordnance Survy map shows Chapel House on Highbridge Road in a location shown as that of a chapel labelled Free United Methodist on the Ordnance Survey map of 1998.  It is not visible on Google Street View in 2009 because of tree growth – or maybe it is not there any more.

The notes with the photographs are not entirely clear and if you can clarify or confirm that would be helpful.  He dates two chapels – 1836 and 1848.  However the notes linked to the 1836 chapel note its change of use to a garage – which his picture gives as the date of the 1848 chapel. He also says that the 1848 chapel closed in 1925 and became Chapel House which, as above is the date of the United Free Methodist chapel.

A little more clarity comes from the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1837. In it John Coulson reports on his preaching at the opening of Alvingham Primitive Methodist chapel – in 1836. The villages was first  missioned in 1835 by Bro. R North who formed a society.  A year later they opened a chapel measuring 15′(w) x 27′(l).

location of the 1848 chapel: 363912


Primitive Methodist magazine of 1837 page 436

Comments about this page

  • The datestone shown on the streetview has 2005 not 2003 as mentioned in the notes.

    By John Cameron (01/02/2024)
  • The 1835 journal of John Stamp includes the following:

    17 November- went to Alvingham to lay the foundation stone of the new chapel. Many people assembled and my wife spoke on the occasion.
    1836, Jan 13 Spoke at Alvingham and let all the sittings. This place is likely to do well.

    By David Leese (12/05/2023)
  • Thanks for the clarification Christine

    By Christopher Hill (11/11/2020)
  • Re. Chapel House on Highbridge Road Alvingham Louth Lincolnshire The Chapel was at the front of the garden next to the road. When it closed it was demolished by the minister. I think he was called Mr Sands and he had Chapel House built, I think, with the bricks and he lived in the house.
    My Father attended the Chapel some 90yrs ago so I know it was next to the road.
    The Wesleyan Chapel also on Highbridge Road is unfortunately closing on December 31st 2020 having been well attended for many years. The Primitive Chapel on Church Lane is as you describe.

    By Christine Lowis (11/11/2020)
  • Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln:

    Ref. MLI98889: Former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Church Lane, Alvingham: Short History, a mention built in 1848, closed about 1925, used has a garage, became a home in 2005. 

    By Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella) (11/05/2018)

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