Ellesmere Primitive Methodism Chapels

Scotland Street, Ellesmere SY12 0DG and Trimpley Street Ellesmere SY12 0AE

The first Primitive Methodist chapel – Mount Zion –  in Ellesmere was opened in  1840.  Information about Mount Zion chapel can be viewed by following the link to Shropshire’s Nonconformist Chapels.  It was replaced in 1908 by a new chapel in Trimpley Street.  Here is information about the Trimpley Street chapel.

Current information about the chapel can be seen on the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit website.

note added 09/2017 by CH

Ellesmere Mount Zion Primitive Methodist chapel in the Oswestry circuit was opened on July 12th 1840.  It measured 13 yds x 7yds x 16′ high and cost £253 7s 3d. (see photo 1 & 2)

The 1897 Primitive Methodist magazine tells us that “after considerable delay Earl Brownlow has agreed to convey a building site to the Connexion in the town of Ellesmere..” The society was working hard to raise the money for a new chapel and schools.

The chapel was replaced  in 1908 by a new chapel – unusually with a tower – in Trimpley Street. (see photo 3 & 4) The Mount Zion building in 2018 is Scott’s Victoria Garage.

R Ward writes about the opening of Mount Zion in the Primitive Methodist magazine in the attached document.


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1841 pages 363 – 364

Primitive Methodist magazine 1897 page 155



Primitive Methodist magazine 1841 p 363-364 transcribed by David Tonks

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  • SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 31 May 1907 page 7
    “New Primitive Methodist Chapel.
    Messrs. W. Griffiths and Son have seured a contract for the erection of a new Primitive Methodist Chapel, which is to be built on land adjoining the Cottage Hospital.”
    SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, 24 July 1908, page 8
    “Opening of the new Primitive Methodist chapel took place on Wednesday. Fortunately the weather was fine, and a large number of people were present, both at the opening ceremony and at a meeting held in the evening. The chapel, which is a very fine building in Trimpley, was built by Messrs. Griffiths & Sons, of Ellesmere, from the designs of Mr. Shayler, of Oswestry and Shrewsbury. It will hold upwards of 350 people. The opening ceremony was performed by Mr. J. Hales of Leicester, with a handsome silver key … A memorial window, a pulpit with carving by Miss Pixton, hymnal and bibles given by Mrs. Phillips, Wigginton, and a font given by Mrs. Drury, were afterwards formally dedicated. The special preacher was the Rev. J. H. Jowett, M.A., of Birmingham, who gave a most eloquent sermon. At 4-30 a large number sat down to tea in the Market Hall … In the evening a meeting was held in the new chapel, which was packed. Mr. J. Longden, of Manchester, presided, and the chief speakers were the Rev. J. T. Barkby, of Southport, and Professor Wardle, of Manchester College. Miss Nancy Venables sang several solos.”

    By Janice Cox (07/11/2020)

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