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.
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)