Covenham Primitive Methodist chapel

Covenham St Bartholomew LN11 0PD

Covenham Primitive Methodist chapel in the Grimsby circuit first opened in 1836. William Wombell tells us that it was opened on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 12th,13th & 14th March. Speakers were on the Sunday Mr J Butcher, Mr E Brown, Bro Wm Wombell; on the Monday Mr Robinson and on the Tuesday Rev. S Marston.   Even though the chapel measured 16′ (w) x 28′(l) x 12′(h,  on the Sunday)Mr Robinson preached in Mr Hannah’s barn as the chapel couldn’t hold all the people who came on the Sunday services. Special thanks were due to Mr. F. Hannah who gave the land and helped in other ways also.

By 1853 was in a dilapidated state and had been outgrown by its congregation.  As a result, they made it bigger – 4.5 yards wider and 2 feet longer. This made it 11 yards long, 9 yards wide and 5 yards high. It accommodated 190 people.

Re-opening services were taken by Thomas Greenbury of Louth, Thomas Shepherd and John North. The overall cost was £79/10 of which £50 was outstanding. Special thanks were due to Paul Traves “for his exertions”.

Further details are available in an account by John North of the opening in the Primitive Methodist magazine of September 1853.

On the 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map of 1888 the chapel is shown on the main road through the village, opposite the junction with Grange Lane.  There is no sign of it on Google Street View in June 2009.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1837 page 238

Primitive Methodist magazine September 1853 p.555


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