Emneth Primitive Methodist Church


Emneth Primitive Methodist Chapels in 1994: 1854 on the left and 1911 on the right.
Keith Guyler 1994

Emneth in Norfolk is very close to the border with Cambridgeshire.  It was in the Wisbech Circuit, which has now amalgamated with the Fenland Circuit to form a larger circuit called ‘The Fens’.  The chapel, which was built in 1911, was originally Primitive Methodist.  Before its construction, the present schoolroom, which you can see adjoining it in the picture, was the original chapel, built in 1854.  These buildings are still in use by the small but thriving Methodist congregation in this village.

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  • The original chapel was actually the successor to meetings in in appropriately equipped barn. 

    The new chapel accommodated 130 people. At the opening on Sunday, December 17th, 1854, three sermons were preached by Mr. B. Redhead; the afternoon and evening were held in the Wesleyan chapel as the new one was not large enough.

    On the following Tuesday 150 persons enjoyed a free tea in the old and new places of worship, after which a public meeting was addressed by Messrs. W. Jones, J. Seager, W.
    Hammond Bunn, and J. Walker.

    This detail comes from the Primitive Methodist Magazine February 1855 p.111

    By Christopher Hill (04/03/2017)

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