Whaplode Primitive Methodist Chapel, Lincolnshire

A  large village even though reduced in size over time to create several smaller settlements. A sale notice in 1839 advertised “a Primitive Methodist chapel in the village of Whaplode with two cottages and blacksmith’s shop attached”. The following year saw a new detached chapel erected with 90 sittings, the location said to be Whaplode East where the Free Methodist was built soon after. The 1851 census confirms build date and minister – Mark Warnes of Holbeach – but omits the address. Some C19th O/S maps erroneously show a Wesleyan as a PM in nearby Whaplode Washway. 

Apparently closed in 1945 and demolished. A press report of that year mentions the intended sale of a Methodist chapel in Whaplode East –  probably the PM as the UFM had sold in 1939. Until recently the ex Wesleyan in Whaplode West was the Methodist Church for the village.

Sources:

Stamford Mercury 10th May 1839

Census of Religious Worship 1851

Lincs Standard 21st April 1945

List of Chapels in the Holbeach Circuit Past & Present   (C. Shepherdson 1998)

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