Selston Primitive Methodist chapel

The 1827 Primitive Methodist magazine includes a report by John Woolley of the opening of Selston Primitive Methodist chapel on Sunday April 8th 1827.  Opening preachers were Mr. J Mullin and Mr J Hodgkins. 

Caleb Booth offered a piece of his garden for the chapel to be built on after the Lords of the manors refused a request for land. The new chapel measured 19’6″ (w) 28’6″ (l) 10′(h).

The Selston society made a name for itself in the internal politics of the Connexion.  See the article by William Parkes about “Selstonite” division in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in 1838-9.

The 1851 religious census was completed by John Clarke, the Local Minister who was a Frame Work Knitter.  In the morning there were 30 attendees with a further 40 children. He reported that the chapel was opened in 1824. The chapel accommodated 70 people, 60 in free seats.

The census also included a note about Bagthorpe Baptist chapel. Bagthorpe is a hamlet in the parish of Selston. It said that Bagthorpe Baptist chapel was built about 1829 by the Primitive Methodists and purchased from them in 1837.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1827 page 327.

Parkes W  Proceedings Of The Wesley Historical Society Volume XXXV September 1965 accessed online at:


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