King's Lynn London Road Primitive Methodist chapel 1826
London Road, King's Lynn, PE30 5PY
The first King’s Lynn London Road Primitive Methodist chapel dates from 1826, with the foundation stone laid on 13th March 1826 and opening services on Sunday and Monday, July 2nd and 3rd. Preachers were Brother W Hardwick and Mrs Olphin. The new chapel measured 30′(w) x 45′(l) x 12′(h). The occasion was reported in the Primitive Methodist magazine by WG Bellham.
On May 28th 1833, the roof of the chapel was taken off and the walls raised by 6′. It was lengthened by 18 feet to make a vestry or schoolroom with a preacher’s house over.
There is an account by John Smith of the re-opening services in the Primitive Methodist magazine. Services on 19/07/1833 & 21/07/1833 were led by T Jackson, W G Belham, Mrs Jackson and W Ayre Esq [treasurer].
The 1826 chapel was replaced by a larger second chapel, a little way further north and on the other side of the road, in 1859. Read about it here.
At the time of Keith Guyler’s photograph the first chapel was used by Grimston, Solicitors, 124 London Road. In 2016 it was offices for Vital Recruitment.
You can read more about Primitive Methodism in Kings Lynn here.
location: first chapel TF 622196
Primitive Methodist magazine 1827 p.141
Primitive Methodist magazine 1834 p.148