Burnham Market Primitive Methodist chapels

Station Road Burnham Market

1861 Burnham Market Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1999
1927 Burnham Market Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1987

Francis White’s 1854 History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk in its entry for Burnham Market says that the Primitive Methodists have a chapel, erected in 1850.

There is a little confusion in Keith Guyler’s pictures and notes or in their transcription. He reports that the first Burnham Market Primitive Methodist chapel pictured was built in 1861.  It accommodated 83. He gives its grid reference as 834421 and on the 1886/7 Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 map of Norfolk a Primitive Mehodist chapel is clearly marked on Station Road, opposite the turning to Angles Lane.  The building pictured is not visible on Google Street View in 2009.  

The second chapel pictured was built in 1927.  It  passed to Salvation Army use. No location is given for this chapel and I can find no other reference to it.

Mr Guyler’s notes for the first chapel also say “altered 1964 & 1983 seated 50.” It can’t seat both 83 and 50, so the “seated 50 possibly applies to the 1927 chapel. The dates for alterations possibly relate to the current Methodist chapel which is further along Station Road.

I’m confused: can anyone unscramble this? What has happened to the buildings in the pictures?

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  • Thanks for the additional information Peter

    By Christopher Hill (22/10/2019)
  • The 1927 site looks suspiciously familiar, especially as the telegraph pole still stands (presuming it’s the right place).

    The most recent Burnham Market Methodist Church building still stands on the northern side of Station Road, flanked on its eastern side by the park and playground. According to Genuki the site was formerly a Salvation Army ‘tin tabernacle’, 1928-c.1967, and then the Methodist church, rebuilt in its present form in 1994.

    The 1861 building still stands, and can be found on Joan Short’s Lane, a little way to the east of the town.

    The History Files

    By Peter Kessler (21/10/2019)

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