West Butterwick Primitive Methodist Chapel, Lincolnshire

Pedestrian access to West Butterwick Primitive Methodist Chapel
Rev. David Leese
West Butterwick Primitive Methodist Chapel
Rev. David Leese
1846 West Butterwick Primitive Methodist Chapel as it was in 1998 when it was a furniture storeroom
Keith Guyler 1998

West Butterwick is a Trentside village, and as with many of these villages formerly connected by ferry to the village on the opposite river bank, in this case, East Butterwick. It lies five miles from Epworth. 

There was already an historic Baptist chapel and a Wesleyan society when the Primitives built a chapel in 1832. This was replaced by a chapel in West Street in 1846/8, on a confined site with only restricted pedestrian access (now standing behind 29 West Street). So post union, when one chapel only was considered necessary, the District Commission determined that the Wesleyan chapel become the Methodist chapel for the village, even though it possessed a lively and committed membership. Hence the last service was 23.2.1964, and the building subsequently sold. It still exists in its external form.

At the end of the nineteenth century a thriving Band of Hope existed in the village, and used the premises for their activities.

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  • Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln :
    Primitive Methodist Chapel.
    ref. Meth/C/West Butterwick, West Street/H/4/1, Sunday School account book, 1899-1932, 1933-1963.
    Other Documents re-Chapel.

    Foster Library at the Archives :
    ref. Journal. Primitive Methodist Juvenile Magazine, vol. 12, page 183, year 1863. Biography, in memory of Evelina Markham of West Butterwick, Primitive Methodist.

    By Raymond E. O. Ælla (01/11/2021)

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