Tealby Primitive Methodist chapel

Front Street Tealby MARKET RASEN LN8 3XU

former Primitive Methodist chapel in Tealby in 2020
provided by Hugh Nott
Tealby Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1998
former Primitive Methodist chapel in Tealby in 1939
provided by Hugh Nott
provided by Hugh Nott

Tealby Primitive Methodist chapel opened in 1847.  It was one of four non-conformist chapels in the village all of which are now closed.

The opening of the chapel is described in the Primitive Methodist magazine by Samuel Chapman. The celebrations started on January 1st 1847.

The Primitive Methodist chapel closed in 1933 after union and is now a house.  Keith Guyler noted that it was called Duadone.

Hugh Nott has provided a time line for the Primitive Methodist chapel – and the 1847 chapel is not the start of the story.

Yew Tree Lodge, 9, Sandy Lane

1845 railway survey.

The preliminary survey for the construction of a railway showed that William Taylor owned a plot (plot 54a) in the garden of Linden House on George Street (now Sandy Lane)  which was a Primitive Methodist Chapel.  The occupier was Robert Surfleet.  This is a year before the new chapel in Front Street (Durdans) was built.  It may well have been a temporary chapel built of wood or metal.  Interestingly there are two large yew trees on the property now which were planted in the early 1840’s – Yew Tree Lodge, 9, Sandy Lane

Friday 25 September 1846 – Stamford Mercury

Primitive Methodist Chapel at Tealby. —The laying of the foundation-stone of this chapel took place on Thursday the 10th inst., by Mr. Harrison*, of Tealby; after which an interesting sermon was delivered by the Rev. W. Taylor, of Grimsby, Then followed a tea-meeting of an excellent character, and in conclusion addresses were given by the Revs. Taylor, S. Chapman, and T. Hill, with the assistance of Mr. Shepherd**, of Waltham. The sum of £8/10/-p was realised during the day.

  • *Robert Harrison of Castle Farm
  • ** Mr Shepherd/Shepperd had previously lived opposite the new Chapel.

On 8th June 1847

John Hill sold to Robert Surfleet and 6 other trustees the land with “the intent that a Chapel should be erected on the said land by the members of the Primitive Methodists”.  This parcel of land measured 12 yards in length from north to south and 9 yards 1 foot 6 inches in breadth from east to west and was bounded on the north by the highway.

In 1851 census of religious worship.

“Primitive Methodist Chapel.  Erected 1846.  Separate and entire building.  Used exclusivley as a place of worship.  Free sittings 45.  Other sittings 100.  On 30 March.  In morning Sunday Scholars 17.  In afternoon General Congregation 100.  Average attendance during previous 12 months.  In morning General Congregation 100.  Sunday Scholars 20.  Remarks: Sunday Scholars taught free.

Signed Robert Surfleet, Trustee and Steward”

Friday 24 November 1865 – Stamford Mercury

The Primitive Methodists at Tealby have just purchased very handsome harmonium, which is to be placed to the chapel at Christmas The event, we bear, will be duly celebrated by sermons and tea party. Each of the three chapels has now its beautiful harmonium. .

Friday 24 August 1866 – Stamford Mercury

The Primitive Methodists Tealby held their anniversary on the 16th last, the centre of attraction being the Castle Farm, where upwards of 60 sat down to excellent repast, served by Mr. Harrison. The proceeds were in aid of the chapel fund.

Friday 18 March 1870 – Lincolnshire Chronicle

MARKET RASEN.—The Primitive Methodist Chapel, at Tealby, has undergone complete refit. It was re-opened on Sunday, the 6th inst., when two sermons were preached by the Rev. James Hall. A tea meeting in connection was held on the following day in the Wesleyan school-room.


The Primitive Methodists became part of the Methodist Union and in Tealby the Wesleyan Chapel became their home.


The surviving trustees (inc Benjamin Leaning) sold the land  12 yards north to south by 9 yards 6” east to west with the  Chapel to Arthur Edward (Ted) Lee*, postman, Lincoln for £56.  The building was not to be “used for the manufacture, sale, supply or distribution of intoxicating liquors or as a theatre, dance hall or music hall”.


Primitive Methodist magazine April 1847 page 246

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