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Moston Primitive Methodist chapel

The former Moston Primitive Methodist chapel is another of those chapels miles from anywhere and you wonder where the congregation came from..  Build of stone to a Gothic design, it has been converted to residential use and the original stone tablets erased.

It is located a little way south of the hamlet itself.

The opening is recorded in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1886. The society had worshipped in a cottage for 40 years before construction.  Viscount Hill of Hawkstone generously gave the land and the stone for the building.

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine of 1886 page 187

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  • Thanks for the perspective Alison. It’s easy to overlook how rapidly things change over time.

    By Christopher Hill (14/10/2020)
  • Moston Chapel, on the Papermill Bank, Stanton upon Hine Heath, may seem miles from anywhere now, but this perception might not have been the same in the early 1880’s when it was built. A dispersed agricultural population lived on farms and small holdings with clusters in hamlets and villages. North Shropshire was a stronghold of Primitive Methodism with a good network of chapels. Large estates predominated, locally Hawkestone, where Viscount Hill was more sympathetic to the evangelical cause than some of his fellow landowners, and Acton Reynald required plenty of labour of all kinds. The stone quarries at Grinshill, some three miles away were also working at their peak, generating direct and indirect employment, as well as a level of support for the Primitive Methodist cause.
    The 1867 registration records both a chapel at Moston and ‘Ralphs Meeting House’ at Besford Wood, which would have been less than a mile away.
    https://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/content/chapels/help-us/registration-1867-registrar-generals-list-of-places-for-public-religious-worship/shropshire

    Janice Cox has more information and photographs of this chapel on her website http://www.users.waitrose.com/~coxfamily/moston.htm

    By Alison Shepherd (08/10/2020)

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