Burwell Primitive Methodist chapel

Burwell LN11 8PR

Burwell Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1993

Burwell is north west of Alford. Burwell Primitive Methodist society used the former octagonal Butter Market as a chapel in the years before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

It is not entirely clear from the notes with Keith Guyler’s picture how long the Prim’s used the Butter Market as a chapel. In one place he says it was used by the Prims between 1909 and 1914. In another he says the chapel (maybe the building?) dates from 1880.

It was later acquired as the Parish Church Hall but at the time of Keith Guyler’s photograph in 1993 was unused.

location: 380773

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  • At the moment the sold STC is listed under the Commercial search for Rightmove, etc., 


    Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond Ella (29/06/2017)
  • Confirmation from Mark Bennet, Senior Historical Environment Record Officer for Lincolnshire to me today:

    The Burwell Butter Cross that was also a Dovecote (Dovecot) was re-roofed in the 19th century and then the Primitive Methodists had their meetings there.

    Note from me: It is now sold subject to contract, although that would depend on a search done. At this moment pictures of it can be viewed via public domain, e.g., Rightmove, etc.

    Kind regards,

    Raymond E.O.Ella and on behalf of Marie, in Cumberworth.


    By Raymond E.O.Ella (28/06/2017)
  • Footnote:

    Mr. Mark Bennet said that the Heritage Gateway Website is updated every 3 months, so additional information will be added to Burwell later.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (28/06/2017)
  • This Butter Cross that became a PM Chapel was also a Dovecote (now pronounced and scribed Dovecot), housing message carrier-pigeons. However, the pigeons would have also used it for breeding and cleaning a Dovecot was a constant task. Note: pigeons were also eaten, e.g., pigeon pie.

    The link shows a picture of Burwell Dovecot but the building has had some changes since then, e.g., the windows, etc.

    The ‘Lincs to the Past’ website provides some additional  background history to the building.

    Further information is found in the  reference listed on “Lincs to the Past‘.  


    Raymond E.O.Ella, author-historian, retired, in Cumberworth, Lincolnshire.


    By Raymond E.O. Ella (17/06/2017)

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