Lockley Wood Primitive Methodist chapel

Lockley Wood Primitive Methodist chapel

In the 1864 Primitive Methodist magazine, T Bramall tells us ab out the opening of Lockley Wood Primitive Methodist chapel in the Market Drayton circuit. Ordnance Survey maps for 1881 and 1902 show a Primitive MEthodist chapel on the A 529, just south of the junction with Lockley Wood/Marl Pit Lane. Street View in 2015 shows housing on the site.  Was one of them the former chapel?

Opening of Lockley Wood Chapel, Market Drayton Branch. — About eighteen months ago our people from Market Drayton commenced preaching at the above place. The friends took a cottage upon rent, which was set apart for divine worship. It has pleased the Lord to bless and own our labours in that cottage, and now we have a society of 15 members and one local preacher.

On the 18th of last July Mr. Jackson of Lockley Wood sold us about 132 yards of land for £5, on which we have built a neat little chapel 24 feet by 21. It is 12 feet high to the square, and has eight rising pews.

On December 27th the chapel was opened for divine service, when the writer preached in the morning, and Mr. J. Walford, of Hadnall, in the afternoon and at night. The collections for the day amounted to £7 5s. The friends have drawn all the materials for the chapel free of expense. It will cost, when completed, about £75, towards which the trustees expect to raise at least one third. T. Bramall.”


Primitive Methodist magazine 1864 page 239

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  • Both Lockley and Jackson names occur in the article describing the opening of the chapel so this is probably one of the twenty or so chapels your relatives were involved in.

    When a chapel closes the records are usually placed in the local authority archive for safe keeping. To get full value you probably have to visit the archive, but the index will be online. The records might be stored under the chapel name – or the name of the circuit (the group of chapels) the chapel was a member of. In this case it was initially in the Market Drayton circuit – although it might well have been transferred to other circuits over time.

    There are good guides to finding out about an old chapel here and the people associated with it here.

    Good luck with your search; let us know the outcome!.

    By Christopher Hill (12/03/2022)
  • My family name is Lockley and my grandparents were Lockley and Jackson. My family are from Shropshire, Bishops Castle and surrounding areas. I am interested in why it is called Lockley Wood and also whether there is any original documentation in relation to the building of the chapel. The Lockley family apparently were involved in the building/funding of around twenty chapels in the area.
    Do you any more information or do you know of anybody who could assist?
    Thank you

    By Y Lockley (11/03/2022)

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