Fakenham; Buckenham Memorial Primitive Methodist chapel

Oak Street, Fakenham NR21 9DX

Buckenham Memorial Primitive Methodist chapel, Fakenham
Keith Guyler 1987
Fakenham Buckenham Memorial Primitive Methodist chapel
Christian Messenger 1923/267
Fakenham, Buckenham Memorial chapel
The Tale of the years: Cambridge & Lynn District 1807-1907 p96
Former chapel, now converted into a residential dwelling.
Supplied by Doug Watts

The Primitive Methodist chapel in Fakenham was first opened in 1825 and was extended 1861. The follow-up Buckenham Memorial chapel was built in 1908.  It is still in operation 2015.

The first chapel in Fakenham was opened on Friday and Sunday 25th and 27th November 1825.  Preachers at the opening were Brothers Atterby and Belham. J Oscroft reported it in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

The foundation stone for the 1861 chapel was laid on September 10th 1861 asnd the opening services commenced on November 29th.  The extended chapel measured 52′ x 30′ and was 18′ high. It had galleries at each side, seated 500 and boasted a rostrum instead of a pulpit.

Amongst the opening speakers were Rev M  Lupton, Rev. W. M. Anstey, Mr. Lynn, T. Thomas, S.B. Gooch, W. M. Anstey, W.Gooch and J. Winkfield.

location: TF918297


Primitive Methodist magazine 1826 page 142

Primitive Methodist magazine February 1862 pages 115-116


Comments about this page

  • A drawing of the chapel when first opened has been added

    By Philip Thornborow (05/02/2024)
  • Sadly, the chapel closed in 2016 and is now a three bedroom holiday let (rather inappropriately marketed as ‘The Nave House)’. The internal images are very disturbing to one who attended the chapel in the 1950s (see holiday lettings web site. The congregation now meet with that of Sculthorpe (a nearby village)
    Nave House (JHH568) | Norfolk Cottages
    In the 1950s there were two chapel buildings on the site and the former chapel became a chapel school room when the new Buckenham chapel opened on an adjacent plot. I can recall the old chapel in use for church jumble sales in the 1950s
    The former chapel is now a private dwelling with a sensitive conversion. It is currently for sale.
    4 bedroom Semi-Detached House for sale in Fakenham (fineandcountry.com)

    By Doug Watts (22/04/2021)
  • I’ve added detail of the opening of the 1861 chapel from the Primitive Methodist magazine.  Ordnance Survey maps of 1886 and 1905 show the Primitive Methodist chapel to the rear of buildings on the west side of Oak Street, just north of the current Buckenham Memorial chapel.  It is possible to trace the building footprint on later maps and right onto Google Earth.  Is that the same building? If so, what is it used for now?

    By Christopher Hill (27/07/2018)

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