Banbury Primitive Methodist chapel 1865

Church Lane, OX16 5LR

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Banbury Primitive Methodist chapel

In 1865 the Primitive Methodists moved from their former unsatisfactory chapel in Broad Street to take over a former Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Church Lane.  The Wesleyans had upgraded to a larger chapel.

The new chapel was substantial, measuring 63′ x 33′ and 24′ high, with a gallery all around and seating 600. There was a school room and classroom  at the back. With necessary upgrading it cost around £1,000, of which they hoped to raise around £300.

The chapel opened on September 24th 1865. Speakers included Revs W Antliff, Danzy Sheen and Samuel Turner, and Bro T Church. George Warner tells us about the opening in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

The building still exists on Street View in October 2019, with the ground floor in use as a tattoo parlour and coffee shop.  It is labelled as a chapel on the 1922 Ordnance Survey map; in 1966 the building has no label. What’s the story to now from its opening?

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1866 pages 111-112

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