Wrickton Primitive Methodist chapel

Wrickton Primitive Methodist chapel

The 1877 Primitive Methodist magazine records  the laying of the memorial  stones for a new Primitive Methodist chapel at Wickerton (sic) in the Peaton Strands station. We are told nothing more. Wickerton turns out to be Wrickton.

The 1878 Primitive Methodist magazine contains a note of the opening of a Primitive Methodist chapel at Wrickton in the Peaton Strand station .

The Shropshire’s Nonconformist chapels website has further information, together with a photograph of a lady in a very fetching hat. It tells us that it was reported in 1910 that “The chapel has long been closed and only recently re-opened.” The building was reportedly sold around 1932.

The 1884 Ordnance Survey map locates a very small Primitive Methodist chapel miles from anywhere, at SO 643856, at the foot of the lane to Wrickton  Mill. Interestingly, the current online Ordnance map shows  the outline of a building with an identical footprint on the site. Undated Street View shows the site has been cleared, although the wooden fence and well established boundary trees remain.

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1877 page 755

Primitive Methodist magazine 1878 page 125

Shropshire’s Nonconformist Chapels website accessed at: http://www.users.waitrose.com/~coxfamily/wrickton.htm  on 10/05/2020

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  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, Saturday 20 October 1877, page 5.
    “WRICKTON. LAYING FOUNDATION STONES.
    The Primitive Methodists of the Peaton Strand Circuit about two years ago resolved to mission Wrickton, a village about two miles from Burwarton, outside the then boundary of their circuit, with the intent of establishing a cause and incorporating it with their circuit. The services have been carried on as best could be, until it was found absolutely necessary to erect a chapel as early as possible. Having encountered an amount of difficulty, at length an eligible site was procured, and on Tuesday last the foundation stones of the new chapel were laid. The services were commenced by the Rev. W. Clulow givng out a hymn. Prayer was offered by F. Smith and W. Davies, Psalms 84 and 122 were read by Mr. Lane, and addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Clulow and John Heath, of Kidderminster. Then followed the ceremony of laying the foundation stones, the respective layers placing various sums of money thereon, which in the aggregate amounted to £34 9s. The company then proceeded to apartments provided by Mr. Bennet, of Wrickton Hall, and partook of tea; upwards of one hundren were admitted by ticket. After tea a religious service was held, Mr. Hughes (The Bold) occupying the chair. Addresses were delivered by Messrs Clulow, Heath, and Lane.”
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    By Janice Cox (27/08/2021)

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