Goulceby Primitive Methodist chapel

labelled by Keith Guyler as the 1834 Goulceby Primitive Methodist chapel but actually the village smithy; see Eve Sardeson's comment below
Keith Guyler 1995

Goulceby Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1834 and was enlarged in 1837. In the Primitive Methodist magazine for 1834, Henry Sharman dates the opening services as 06/07/1833 & 07/07/1833 when the preachers were J Butcher and W Paddison.  The opening was embellished by Mrs Wright giving the chapel a beautiful bible and hymn book.

Mr Guyler’s notes say that the chapel closed in 1886 and was converted into a house.

However, there is confusion. Although Keith Guyler gives a grid reference with his picture (255795) which points to Top Lane just east of its junction with Butt Lane, his picture is of a building at the opposite end of the village. Thanks to Eve Sardeson (see below) for identifying it as a blacksmith’s shop.  The 1887 Ordnance Survey map of Goulceby does not show a Primitive Methodist chapel – but does label the building in the photograph as a smithy and the Top Lane reference point as a school.   A survey in 1887 would be just after the chapel is said to have closed.  I do not have access to earlier maps.

So where was the Primitive Methodist chapel? Can anyone help?

There were Wesleyan and Free Methodist chapels in Butt Lane.

location: 255795


Primitive Methodist magazine  1834 p.464


Comments about this page

  • Thanks for the correction Eve. I have amended the text above. Where on earth was the Prim chapel!

    Any chance the smithy was used as a chapel beforehand? Country chapels built by poor farm workers were not grand places!

    By Christopher Hill (11/03/2022)
  • Property in photo was never a chapel, it used to be a blacksmiths (Mr Crawford) and also housed a village shop at some point. On retirement, he converted it to ‘The Bungalow’ to live in.
    It is now my holiday cottage which I re-named Anvil Lodge to reflect its history.

    By Eve Sardeson (10/03/2022)
  • Hi Christopher, location of PM Chapel not known, but at the Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln there are these documents:

    Ref. Meth/G/Goulceby/, Primitive/D: Trustees, Chapel Registration and Deeds.

    By Mr. & Mrs. Ella (Ray & Marie) (21/11/2017)

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