Rock Primitive Methodist Chapel, Telford, Shropshire

Opened 1861; 2nd chapel 1877

This banner is still on display in the School Room which is the original chapel
The Rock PM Chapel and smaller Sunday School
Andy Rose

Opening of the Chapel, 1861

‘ROCK, DAWLEY CIRCUIT.—Rock is a village that has been noted for wickedness. The Primitive Methodists have preached here for nearly thirty years, and a few souls have been saved, and a little society has reflected some light on the surrounding darkness. Last spring the tiny church was aroused; a deeper anxiety was felt for the salvation of their neighbours. Prayer was made to Him who has the hearts of all men in His hand. Their Heavenly Father heard the voice of supplication, and poured His Holy Spirit on His children; a revival followed, and the house where the services were held was too small to accommodate the congregation.

In September last we arranged to build a chapel 30 feet by 24. On December 8th, it was opened for the celebration of divine worship. Three sermons were preached on the occasion; that in the morning by the writer, Mr. J. H. Poole preached in the afternoon, and Mr. R. R. Pearse in the evening. The amount collected was £9 4s. 1d.’



Primitive Methodist Magazine,1862, p 115.

More information

More information about this chapel can be viewed by following the link to Shropshire’s Nonconformist Chapels.

Current information about the chapel can be seen on the church website.

Comments about this page

  • There are two Primitive Methodist Chapels at The Rock. A second polychrome building with a blue clock was built in 1877, 16 years after its smaller neighbour, and is now the principal place of worship.
    In the apex of the Chapel’s gable is a clock with a blue face and gold roman numerals with the inscription “It’s time to seek the Lord”.
    The earlier chapel became the sunday school. – modernised in 1954 by Wellington UDC with a stone commemorating the opening by Councillor Isaiah Jones. The date stone from 1861 was retained with the inscription “Let the inhabitants of the Rock sing”.

    By Andy Rose (28/04/2021)

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