Snailbeach P M Chapel Shropshire.

This chapel was opened in 1878.

The foundation stone of Snailbeach P M Chapel was laid in 1876. The chapel is built of stone with a slate roof. It has Gothic lancet windows and a gabled front. It stands on the edge of the road with superb views overlooking open countryside. It also has a small graveyard. In 2013 the chapel is still being used for worship and the graveyard for interments.

Photos taken February 2013.

OS Map ref:126:SJ372024


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  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 19th August 1876, page 8.
    Last Good Friday foundation stones of a new Primitive Methodist Chapel were laid at Snailbeach by Henry Dennis, Esq. (Ruabon), Captain Parry (Snailbeach), Mr. Joseph Pratt (Westbromwich), Mr. Joseph Davies (Pennerley), and the Rev. J. Shepherd (Minsterley). The trustees of the new building, which is a beautiful Gothic structure, capable of seating 200 persons, are Captain E. Parry, Messrs. J. Kirkham, S. Bennett, R. Bennett, C. Brown, G. Preece, W. Edwards, and the Rev. J. Luther, of Birmingham. The architect is Mr. Parry, of Grimmer, and the builder, Mr. Evans, of Yockleton. The total cost will be about £550 … Great praise is due to H. Dennis, Esq., manager of the Snailbeach Mines, for his assistance to the society … also to the Rev. J. Shepherd, late superintendent of the Minsterley circuit, for his energetic and untiring efforts … and to Captain Parry and others for much sacrifice and labour in connection with the building. The land was leased off the Marquis of Bath. The chapel is not yet finished, some portions of wall being yet to line with wood, and the whole interior to be stained. The seats are open benches. The opening services were held on Sunday last, when the Rev. C. Smallman, of Bishop’s Castle, preached morning and evening… The collections amounted to £20 16s. 6½d. On Monday evening last a most successful concert was given in the chapel under the conductorship of Mr. Cyrus Harper, of Shrewsbury.” [There follows a very detailed account of all the songs and singers at the event]

    By Janice Cox (11/11/2020)
  • A picture of this chapel taken circa 2011 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 (14/12/2013)

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