Trunch Primitive Methodist chapel

5 Chapel Road Trunch NR28 0QG

Trunch Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1986
Picture supplied by Jane Richardson, February 2018

The notes with Keith Guyler’s photograph say that Trunch Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in 1852. However, there is an account by William Rudd in the Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of the chapel – on July 17th 1859. Preachers were Rev Courteney (Independent) and Rev Dolman.

We are told that the village was first missioned in 1836 and, after that Society failed to become established, again re-missioned in 1842.  At this time, a small society was set up in a house.

The new chapel is described as brick built, measuring 26′ x 18’6″ and 9′ high (which the PM Magazine editor comments is not high enough) and  holding 110. The total cost was £82/10 of which £40 was owing

By the time of Keith Guyler’s photograph in 1986 the chapel was in use as a garage/store.  A newspaper article in 2014 shows that after running the garage for more than 25 years, the proprietors had moved to new premises. What is the old chapel used for now?

location: 285347 


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1859 pages 25-626


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  • Norfolk Record Office:

    Records of the North Walsham & Aylsham Methodist Circuit ( to include Trunch Primitive Methodist Chapel, 13 items, e.g., Sunday School Register, c.1925-1932, etc., and other documents, c.1925-1932 ).

    Ref. SO 197/20/1-44, 900X9. File T: item number 39, Trunch Primitive Methodist Chapel.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (27/02/2018)
  • February 2018: the chapel is in the final stages of being converted into an attractive private residence. The original arched windows and doors have been restored and although there is no plaque, the building is recognisable as a former place of worship.

    By Jane Richardson (23/02/2018)
  • The Primitive Methodist magazine gives an alternative opening date for this chapel. How did the error crop up?

    By Christopher Hill (29/10/2017)

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