Chipping Norton Primitive Methodist chapel
Distons Lane, Chipping Norton OX7 5NY
In the Primitive Methodist magazine of June 1869, John Tuck tells us about the opening of Chipping Norton Primitive Methodist chapel.
The town was first missioned in the late 1850s by preachers such as John Webb from the steps of the Town Hall. They met with persecution; Thomas Gibbard, who preached on the first Sunday, warning his successor, George Webb, “I shall go and disturb the wasps, and you will follow to have them about your head and to feel the force of their poison”
They met for some time in a room in “a low yard” at the back of a pub, but it caught fire on the night of February 10th 1868. Soon after the fire, the Wesleyan chapel became available and they bought it on Good Friday 1868 for £200.
Opening services started on June 28th 1868. Preachers at the services, tea and meetings included John Tuck and Revs P Pugh, T East (Congregationalist), M Rayand and H Heys. Miss Leaver presented a splendid communion service.
The 1922 Ordnance survey map shows a Primitive Methodist chapel on Diston’s Lane, set back from the road. Street View doesn’t go there, but satellite view shows that a building still exists on the same site; is that the chapel?
But it’s not quite that simple; the 1899 map labels that location as a Baptist chapel. The 1881 map simply labels it “chapel”. So where was the 1868 Primitive Methodist chapel?
Primitive Methodist magazine pages 360-361