Hadley Primitive Methodist chapel

Gladstone Street TF1 5NW

Hadley Primitive Methodist chapel

The Primitive Methodists built two chapels in Hadley. The first Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1841. It was replaced by a new chapel built in 1879 and had opened by the end of August of that year. The chapel closed in 1933 following Methodist Union and by 1937 was in use as a cinema. The building has now been demolished. Street View in 2009 shows modern housing on the site.

You can read more about it on Janice Cox’s Shropshire’s Non-Conformist Chapels website here.

Grid ref: SJ 675119

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  • The Primitive Methodist church on the corner of Gladstone Street was first erected in 1841. Designed by William E Keys of Manchester. Rebuilding took place around 1881. By the 1920’s the congregation was dwindling due to competition from the rival Wesleyan Methodist church and in 1927 the building was found to be unsafe and it closed in 1934 and was turned into the Regal Cinema. It then became a tyre garage in the 1980’s before it was demolished.

    By Andy Rose (28/04/2021)
  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 17 August 1878, page 1.
    “TO BUILDERS AND OTHERS.
    The Trustees of the Primitive Methodist Chapels, at Hadley and at Leegomery, are prepared to receive TENDERS for the ERECTION of TWO NEW CHAPELS and SCHOOL. Plans and drawings may be seen by appointment at Ketley, and copies of the specification and bill quantities may be octained from Mr. W. E. Keys, M.S.A., Barton House, Deansgate, Manchester, to whom all enquiries must be addressed … WILLIAM E. KEYS, Architect. Manchester, August 15th 1878.”
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    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 30 August 1879, page 7.
    “HADLEY.
    THE NEW PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH. On Monday last a very successful meeting was held in connection with the above place of worship, the object being to raise funds clearing off the balance left after the opening services. At four o’clock an excellent tea was provided, to which upwards of 280 sat down … At seven o’clock a public meeting was held in the schoolroom … The usual votes of thanks brought the interesting proceedings to a close.”
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    WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 24 April 1880, page 7.
    “TOWN HALL, WELLINGTON.
    A BAZAAR of Useful and Ornamental Articles will be held on MONDAY and TUESDAY, May 3rd and 4th. To be opened by JOHN AUSTIN, ESQ., of Allscott, at 2 p.m. Proceeds to aid the NEW PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL, HADLEY, which has a debt of £1,600. Help from any friends will be gratefully received by Rev. J. R. TAYLOR, of Ketley.”
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    By Janice Cox (15/01/2021)

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