Wilby Primitive Methodist chapel

Church Lane Wilby NR16 2JP

Wilby Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1986
Chapels of the Diss circuit
Christian Messenger 1912/60

Wilby Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in 1851 and served until the 1980s.

There is an account by M Tinsley of the opening and the previous growth of the society in the Primitive Methodist magazine for February 1852.  It is the basis of the article you can download here from the Christian Messenger. And quite a story it is too, with the pulling down of Mr Murton’s woodworking shop where the society met and the scattering of his tools all over the green.

The society met in Mr Randall’s house while the new chapel was built.  It was opened on 5th October 1851 with sermons by Mr Winkfield, and a tea meeting later in the week addrewssed by Mr Cragg (Baptist). Mrs Winkfield and Mr Cragg preached the following Sunday.

The chapel held 100 people and cost £79. £33 had been raised.  The site and various other things were provided by Sir Thomas Beevor who lived nearby.

After closing it became used as a house. In later pictures on Google Street View the date tablet and entrance door have disappeared.

location: 033899


Primitive Methodist magazine February 1852 pp.111-112



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  • This page was modified on 21 December 2016 to add a transcription of an article about the Wilby Society in the 1899 Christian Messenger. The article describes the early days of the Society, early persecutions, and the building of the chapel.

    By Geoff Dickinson (21/12/2016)

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