Kenninghall Primitive Methodist chapel

East Church Street, Kenninghall NR16 2EP

Kenninghall Particular Baptist chapel
Keith Guyler 1986
Kenninghall PM Chapel - September 2015
Paul Womack
Wall Plaque, Kenninghall PM Chapel - September 2015
Paul Womack

Kenninghall Primitive Methodist chapel is on East Church Street opposite Grange Farm.

Oliver Jackson writes about its opening in 1853  in the Primitive Methodist magazine for December 1853. He tells of Mr R Murton then of Wilby who in 1847 was “cruelly and violently ejected from his dwelling” and moved to Kenninghall.  As there were no Primitive Methodists there he urged Rockland circuit to mission the market town; they did so and following a revival under J Winkfield and O Jackson  in the winter of 1852.

On the crest of this wave, a chapel was built and opened in October 16th 1853. Opening sermons were preached by W Yeadon, Rev O Jackson Rev Warnes of Diss, , R Easons and E Allen of Rockland. The Earl of Albermarle gave £5 and Mr Bailey £5 in materials.

The chapel served until 1948. After closure it was used as a grain store. On Google Street View in May 2011 it was still a farm store although you could see work was starting on it and it has since been converted into a house.

The Wesleyan chapel in Quidenham Road (location: 037863) was opened a year after the Prims chapel, was enlarged in 1873 and served until 1980. After closure it became a squash court.

Keith Guyler’s picture shows Kenninghall Particular Baptist chapel which is on West Church Street (Ordnance Survey Grid reference: 040801). Its location is clearly marked on the 1946 one inch Ordnance Survey map although I am unable to find it on Google Street View in 2009. 

location: 045857


Primitive Methodist magazine December 1853 p.749-75

This page has been redrafted to incorporate information about Kenninghall chapels provided in the comment by Bugbear. Keith Guyler’s notes originally identified the photograph as the Primitive Methodist chapel rather than the Particular Baptist, even though his notes about the date and use as a farm store relate to the Prim chapel.  

The wall plaque looks like a replacement of the original positioned at the time of conversion into a dwelling.

Comments about this page

  • This is still there and intact. It is privately owned as a residential home called Particular Aspects, though the owners let visitors look at the graves in the front. I visited in May 2022. the assigned photo is also correct. It was a Baptist Chapel. It is on West Church Street. There is a history of the Chapel in a booklet called The Story of The Kenninghall Baptists, Anderson, 1989 available on file in the NRO and NFHS, [I also have a copy]
    This week I have put all the graves listed in the booklet on Findagrave Cemetery ID: 2752569. I hope this helps correct your entry.

    By Alexandra Gilbert (22/07/2022)
  • Yes, the photo and location are of the Particular Baptist, West Church St.

    By bugbear (03/09/2015)
  • This page badly mixes up the THREE chapels in Kenninghall.

    1) Weslyan, Quidenham Road (now a squash court)

    2) Particular Baptist, West Church St (once a pottery)

    3) Primitive Baptist, East Church St, opposite Grange Farm (a grain store in my time, now a house).

    By bugbear (02/09/2015)
  • Thanks Bugbear for taking the time to comment and confirm what I suggested – that the chapel further up East Church Street opposite Grange Farm was the Primitive Methodist chapel (assuming you meant Primitive Methodist rather than Primitive Baptist) and for confirming that it has been converted into a house.  On Google Street View in May 2011 it was still a farm store although you could see work was starting on it.  Was East Church Street once known as Fersfield Road, as it leads to Fersfield Common eventually?

    You confirm that Mr Guyler was right about the Wesleyan chapel in Quidenham Road becoming a squash court. 

    So, is the chapel in the picture the Particular Baptist chapel in West Church Street? If so, is it still there?  As I commented, I couldn’t see it on Street View.

    I would like to correct the entry so it would be helpful if you could clarify these points. A photograph of the proper Primitive Methodist chapel would be great.


    By Christopher Hill (02/09/2015)

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