Old Fen Lane (Offen Lane) Primitive Methodist chapel

Old Fen Lane, Scrub Hill LN4 4XD

1839 Old Fen Lane Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1995

In the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1839 John Jackson writes about the opening of what he calls Offen Lane Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1839 Primitive Methodist magazine.  He tells us that the chapel opened on January 6th 1839  when the preachers were Bro Beckerlegge (that’s a name that crops up a lot in Primitive Methodism) and Bro Jackson.

The new chapel measured 27′(l) x 18′(w).  Particular thanks were due to Mr. Thomas Daft who gave the land and to the farmers who gave most of the leading. The seats were all let.

I’ve spent ages trying to track down Offen Lane Primitive Methodist chapel.  Thanks to Philip Thornborow for identifying it as Old Fen Lane chapel. Same sounding name (nearly) but different spelling

Old Fen Lane Chapel was near the hamlet of Scrub Hill in the civil parish of Wildmore, at its western boundary with the parish of Coningsby. The Primitive Methodist chapel at Old Fen Lane dates from 1839. It was rebuilt in 1857.

The chapel closed in 2004.

location: 232554


Primitive Methodist magazine  1839 page 374

Comments about this page

  • Very interesting to see the land for the Chapel was given by one of my ancestors Iam the daughter of Arthur Edgar Daft

    By Linda Walker (06/05/2022)
  • Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln:

    Ref. Meth/C/Old Fen Lane (Primitive) /E/4/1: Architectural Plan, New Sunday School Room, c.1938.

    Ref. Meth/C/Old Fen Lane (Primitive) /E/5/1: to include photographs of interior and exterior of former PM Chapel, 2002.

    Ref. Meth/C/Old Fen Lane (Primitive)/ D/1.1 (or D/I/1): Title Deeds, boundary of property, etc., 1938, 1939. 

    A/4/1: Seat Rent Book 1870-1919. B/2/2: Property Schedule ‘B’ Form. I/9/1: Handbill for Garden Fete, 1980. Other documents.


    By Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella) (11/05/2018)
  • Extra: Recently advertised for sale, e.g., via Rightmove some pictures of interior and exterior of PM Chapel converted into a 3 bedroomed home.

    By Ray & Marie. (11/05/2018)
  • Often a interesting historical background can be compiled from studying Preachers Plans.

    At the Lincolnshire Archives there are Preaching Plans that should include Old Fen Lane Chapel after the unification of all Methodist groups, i.e., Coningsby Methodist Circuit from 1933 to c.2004, Ref. M/A/1/20 (Coningsby). 

    Before unification Scrub Hill Primitive Methodist Chapel was under pastoral care and administration of the Horncastle Primitive Methodist Circuit, yet PM Preaching Plans we have not located (yet?). However, amongst records for the former Horncastle PM Circuit there are baptisms from c.1839 to 1932. These may be baptisms at PM Chapels within the circuit, or baptisms taking place at the main circuit PM Chapel. The ref. is Meth/B/Horncastle P/A/1/1 & 2.

    By Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella) (11/05/2018)
  • Note: This PM Chapel was also known as Wildmoor Fen (Wildmore Fen) PM Chapel.

    By Ray & Marie. (11/05/2018)
  • Ref. Meth/C/Wildmore, Old Fen Lane, Primitive: Wildmore, Scrub Hill,  Primitive Methodist Chapel, built 1939, rebuilt 1859, empty building in year 2004.

    Ref. Meth/C/Old Fen Lane (Primitive)/H/5/1: Sunday School Union Annual Report, year 1917.

    Ref. MLI99103: Scrub Hill Primitive Methodist Chapel, Wildmore, built 1839.

    By Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella) (04/12/2017)

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