East Butterwick Bourne Primitive Methodist chapel

High Street East Butterwick

East Butterwick Bourne Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1996

Bourne Primitive Methodist chapel in East Butterwick dates from 1830 and was rebuilt on the same site in 1870.  By 1870, the 1830 chapel was too small and dilapidated but there was no land for expansion so a larger and more convenient plot was secured.  The foundation stone was laid on 15th July 1870. JT Shepherd reports in the Primitive Methodist magazine the opening of the chapel on 27th November 1870 when the preacher was Rev W Harland.   The new chapel seated 150 and measured 35′(l) x 28′(w) x 16’8″(h).

The chapel closed in 1969 due to structural problems and the society amalgamated with the Anglicans. The building was sold in 1973 and at the time of Keith Guyler’s photograph in 1996 he described it as derelict.

On Google Street View in 2008 it has lost its roof and the windows have been bricked up.

In September 2014 it was offered for sale at £35,000 with planning permission to convert into a three bedroomed detached dwelling.

location: 837058


Primitive Methodist magazine 1871 page 179

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  • Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln:

    Meth/East Butterwick, Bourne/C/2/1: List of Trustees 1870.

    Building Accounts 1870-1871. Trust Minutes 1871, 1892, 1893.

    Ref. LCL20966: Photo (viewable).

    R. Journal: Primitive Methodist Juvenile Magazine, vol 7, 1858, pp264-266: Biographical Sketches In Memory of [Maria Morwood Sowdon], born East Butterwick, died Bishop Norton.

    By Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella) (18/12/2017)
  • The planning permission gives hope of survival for the property.

    I myself regarding this certain former chapel don’t know if it has land or indeed at least land to the right of it and any surviving property deeds with plans may or may not state so. If not, then does the planning come with an “Easement”, i.e., reasonable access onto land for maintenance of exterior walls, clearing out guttering, repairs to roof and for cleaning windows. If not, then the vendors should apply for an “Easement” if property deeds don’t have land clarification, or a potential buyer should before purchase or after moving in. It would be reasonable to grant an “Easement” just to clean windows, be they original ones, replaced ones or unblocked ones.

    Often some people may say “it is what is at the Land Registry that counts”. However, their documents have modern plans and are for conveyances and shared driveways, etc.,  the LR would not go into debate about a boundary. They would term a boundary line “proposed”, etc., not proven or defined and would suggest to people to view their own property deeds with any plans. 


    By Raymond E.O.Ella (13/07/2016)

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