Ashby Primitive Methodist chapel

Epworth & Scunthorpe Circuit, Lincolnshire

Kendall Memorial Chapel

The Primitives opened a chapel in 1819, replaced by a new chapel in 1830, and enlarged in 1855.

The KENDALL MEMORIAL CHAPEL was opened in 1885 and was closed on December 1960, and demolished in 1962.This commemorated the contribution of the Kendall family, but especially of Thomas Kendall.

H.B. Kendall writes in the two volume history of the History of the P.M. Church of Thomas Kendall, a cottage-farmer of Ashby, “Going to Messingham one evening on business — William Braithwaite was that evening conducting a service at Messingham, and Thomas was somehow drawn to the place.” Convicted of sin he then heard Hannah Parrot at Crosby. So he caused a chapel to be erected.


Account by C Kendall of the re-opening of the Ashby Primitive Methodist chapel (Scotter circuit) from the Primitive Methodist magazine February 1856

Comments about this page

  • Yes it did stand on Ashby High Street – sometimes the most obvious things are not said ! Comments above indicate that it stood where the market now stands.

    By David Leese (09/11/2020)
  • The laying of the foundation stones in July 1892 for additional Sunday school premises is recorded in the Primitive Methodist magazine (September 1892, page 571).

    By Christopher Hill (09/11/2020)
  • The Chapel was built on the High Street in 1826 in honour of Thomas Kendall & family, but in 1828 the congregation were evicted because of no title to the land it was built on. The next Chapel was built on Bottesford Lane in 1830, replaced back on High Street in 1885 with title. It was closed in 1960.

    Scotter PM Circuit 1826-1932/3, etc.

    Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln holds the following records:

    Ref. Meth/C/Ashby, Kendall/A/1/11: Register of Marriages 1916-1932/7 (Note: Can not be viewed or transcribed until year 2022).

    Ref. Meth/C/Ashby, Kendall/C/2/1: Trust Account Book, Minister’s House Trust, 1909-1914. Joint Chapel, School & House Trust, 1914,etc.

    By By Raymond E.O.Ella (11/12/2017)
  • Leeson Petch, was first cousin once removed to the KENDALL brother’s through his maternal line Charlotte Storr, her mother Mary being the sister of Fanny DENNIS, their father being Leeson DENNIS.

    By Maria Borrill (28/09/2017)
  • You can read more about the Ashby society in the story of Leeson Petch, a local preacher and society steward at Ashby.

    By Geoff Dickinson (13/07/2015)
  • My parents were married here in 1946.

    By lesley ronaldson (26/01/2015)
  • The Kendall Memorial Chapel was situated where Ashby Market now stands.

    The opening sermon was preached on Sunday 2nd February 1885 by Rev. Holliday Bickerstaffe Kendall [grandson of Thomas] representing his deceased father Charles.

    The next three consecutive Sunday’s sermons by brothers Dennis, Joseph and Henry were conducted.

    The building in the foreground is the schoolroom added in 1893.

    Further information about the KENDALL’S and the Chapel can be found here

    By Maria Borrill (26/05/2014)
  • I understand the Kendall Memorial Chapel stood in Ashby High Street, Ashby, Scunthorpe, which does not seem to be clear from its description on the site? I wonder if the book published about the Kendall family, who were so closely associated with the chapel, is still available?

    By Patricia Smith (31/01/2014)

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