Pury End Primitive Methodist chapel

Careys Road, Pury End, NN12 7NY

Pury End Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1996

Keith Guyler notes that the chapel was opened in 1862 and closed in 1992.

In the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1863, P Coates tells us about the opening of Paulerspury Primitive Methodist chapel.

Northampton station.  We have just opened a new chapel at Paulerspury, the birthplace of the distinguished Dr. W. Carey, and about one hundred yards from the house where he was born. Sermons were preached Nov. 9th, by Mr. H. Collier, and Nov. 16th, by the writer, and Mrs. Sharman. Nov. 17th, a soiree was held, and a good meeting after.

The chapel is 23 feet by 16 feet in the interior, and 13 feet from the floor to the ceiling. It is built of good brick, with dressed Bath stone sills, and arches over the windows and door, and a neat ornamental inscription stone. The interior is fitted up with pulpit, rail back-seats, and forms. The entire cost will be about £75 towards which we have received by collections, &c., £19, and expect to realize the one-third shortly. “

On the 1884 Ordnance Survey map a Primitive Methodist chapel is shown in Pury End  -presumably the same chapel – and it is still in use in 1976.  In the light of the above account of the opening, it is interesting to see the chapel is on Carey’s Road.

Several buildings in Pury End were damaged during World War II when the hamlet was hit by a stray bomb. These included the Bricklayers’ Arms pub and the Primitive Methodist Chapel.

The former chapel is shown on Google Street View in June 2011 as a house.  It is known as “Old Chapel Cottage”.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1863 page 305

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