Newtown Primitive Methodist chapel

Shrewsbury and Bishop's Castle circuit

The opening of Newtown Primitive Methodist chapel is recorded in the Primitive Methodist magazine by David Harmer and John Morton. There is no specific date given but it is probably 1835.

The chapel measured 38′(l) x 36′(w).

They tell us that  the society purchased a former Wesleyan chapel galleried on 3 sides but the treasurer(?) fled to America with the money collected. It was Sept. 1838 when the debts were cleared with help from friends and other circuits and chapels.

Brother Morton was one of the preachers at the opening events, along with Bros Morris and Pugh, Mr William Lea. Mrs Littlehales and Rev B Pryce.

I can’t find the chapel on maps available to me.¬† Where was it and what happened to it?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1839 page 50.

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  • May I suggest that this might be the chapel in Newtown, Montgomeryshire? The Newtown and Welshpool Mission was split from the Bishop’s Castle Circuit in 1836, according to the page on the Bishop’s Castle Circuit.

    By Philip Thornborow (28/08/2020)
  • Glad it is not just me Janice. The only thing I can think of is that as the Prims took over a former Wesleyan chapel, it is still marked on OS maps as Wesleyan?

    Not sure why this page had an image saying the chapel still existed and we would like an image.

    By Christopher Hill (25/08/2020)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Shropshire for 1891 says that there was a P.M. chapel at Newtown, Wem then. However, it is not marked on the 1873-80 and 1900 25″ O.S. maps for Newtown. Still a mystery!

    By Janice Cox (25/08/2020)

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