Stanton St John Primitive Methodist chapel

Stanton St John Primitive Methodist chapel

In the 1845 Primitive Methodist magazine, I Hedges  reports a new chapel built  at Stanton St Johns.  The village was first  missioned in 1840, open air services held, and a society formed which met in a cottage.

Because the mission was seen to have a positive effect on the village, Mary Baker of Abingdon agreed to sell a garden she owned to Revd. Isaac Hedges of Oxford and other trustees of the society, despite being offered more by those who opposed the development.

The new chapel was opened on November 8th, 10th and 11th of November 1844.  Preachers included Mr Davis (Independent minister of Wheatley), Mr Watts of the Witney circuit.

They planned to establish a Sunday school.

British History online tells us that this chapel continued in use until after 1851 but had disappeared by 1887. The congregation in 1851 numbered between 50 and 80.

The 1919 Ordnance Survey map shows a Primitive Methodist chapel a little way to the north of Mill Street: location SP 57970 0953. This logically seems to be a later chapel.  It’s not visible from Street View.  Does it still exist?  When did it close?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1845 page 33

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