Ditton Priors (Bent Lane) PM Chapel, Shropshire

former Ditton Priors (Bent Lane) Primitive Methodist chapel
John Povall
Date tablet on former Ditton Priors (Bent Lane) Primitive Methodist chapel
John Povall 2018

Information about this chapel can be viewed by following the link to Shropshire’s Nonconformist Chapels.

note added by CH Jan 2017

S Sanders describes the opening of the chapel in the Primitive Methodist magazine

“Bent Lake, in Ludlow Circuit, is a place situate in the south division of the county of Salop. For nearly forty years it has been favoured with the labours of Primitive Methodists, and the effects of their toil will never be forgotten. A few months since providence disposed the heart of Mr. S. Humphries to give us ground on which to build a chapel. Arrangements were made, begging wag commenced, and upwards of £40 have been obtained.

A neat stone building has been erected, 9 yards by 7. The debt remaining on the chapel will be about £40, towards which £30 have been promised for the first year.

 It was opened for divine service on January 1st, 1860, when two sermons were preached by the Superintendent of the circuit Although the weather was unfavourable, the inhabitants of the surrounding country came through driving rain and sleet, and the congregations were large. On the following day a tea meeting was held, which was numerously at tended.

We tender our sincere thanks to Mr. Humphries, for the gift of the ground; to Mr. Thomas, for the gift of the stone of which the chapel is built ; and to all the friends who have helped us. “


Primitive Methodist magazine March 1859 pages 174-175


Comments about this page

  • Thanks to John Povall fro pictures of this chapel so we can take it off the “pictures required” list. He says:

    “Dear friends,
    I saw a request somewhere for pics of Bent lane Primitive Methodist Chapel . It stands forlornly about 6 miles from me at Stottesdon and about 6 from my birthplace at Bouldon . We belonged to Peatonstrand in our younger days of which I have just seen a plan of when it was a circuit itself .( Keith Rothery) .
    Bent Lane was one of 4 chapels in Ditton Priors parish ; .Lower Netchwood has just closed . I have good memories of the Saints of all these places and am now with the rabble !!! at Hopton Bank .Imagine Oliver Cartwright on his bike coming from Bent Lane to Peatonstrand to preach with one leg strapped to a pedal & another to the frame as he probably had a wooden leg or a straight one !!! I detect Bent Lane was restored in 1903 on the plinth but unable to see the Build date .
    PS. One of these chapels had a text on a brass plate in the pulpit which said, Sir, we would see Jesus.”

    By Christopher Hill (01/11/2018)
  • I’ve added an account from the Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of the chapel despite the driving rain and sleet.

    By Christopher Hill (09/01/2018)

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