Lee Bridges PM Chapel Shropshire

This small rural chapel was opened in 1898 and is still being used for worship today August 2012

A Methodist society was established in Lee Bridges in the nineteenth century and this corrugated iron chapel was built in 1898. Buildings of this kind were known as “tin tabernacles” or “iron churches”. They were often built as mission halls or temporarily while a congregation awaited a new build. The main problem with them was rust which made maintenance difficult. Lee Bridges does not have this problem and it makes a surprising impact where it stands in this very rural area of Shropshire.
It is quite a remarkable building outside but not half as remarkable as the inside. This is totally wood panelled. The wooden pews have backs similar to those found on old trams where the backs could be changed to face the direction in which you were travelling. The plaque photographed can be found inside.

Clive Lea showed us round. At least two generations of his family have completely maintained this chapel and continue to do so. Worship continues here today in 2012.

Photos taken August 2012

OS Map ref:126:SJ404311

Comments about this page

  • Chapel still open May 2022

    By Sarah (15/05/2022)
  • According to the Circuit Plan which is online, the chapel is still holding services!

    By Adam Miller (07/11/2016)
  • The chapel closed during 2016.

    By David B Jones (03/09/2016)
  • Another picture of this chapel can be viewed by following the link to Shropshire’s Nonconformist Chapels. Current information about the chapel can be seen on the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit website.

    By Geoff Dickinson (17/12/2013)

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