Wrockwardine Wood PM Chapel Shropshire

This chapel in Plough Road, erected in 1863, is the second chapel to be built on this site.

Date plaque of first chapel built in 1822 situated on side wall
Date plaque of second chapel built in 1863
Rear and side wall (with date plaque) of chapel
Driveway up through graveyard to chapel building

The first chapel here was built in 1822. The plaque for this building can be seen on the side of the present chapel. Wrockwardine was one of the first places in Shropshire where Primitive Methodism was established hence the early date for the first chapel.

The second chapel built of red and blue bricks was a large imposing building which seated 500. It stands in an elevated position with a graveyard to the front. Above the front the plaque reads ‘The Glory of this Latter House shall be Greater than of the Former saith the Lord of Hosts’. Haggai 2 v 9.

The chapel is no longer in use. It has been sold and the Telford Methodist Circuit is hoping that the council will take over the maintenance of the graveyard.

Photos taken September 2014

OS Map Ref.127SJ701123

Editor’s note: Information about this chapel can be viewed by following the link to Shropshire’s Nonconformist Chapels.

Thanks to Mr Ella for an additional record in the Shropshire Archives at:

Shropshire Archives:

Ref. NM3767/XX1/W1: Lease to Vest Possession. Land to build a Chapel for the Primitive Methodist Connexion, Wrockwardine Wood, Sept. 1822.

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  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 22 August 1863, page 3.
    LAYING A FOUNDATION STONE. The foundation stone of the Primitive Methodist Chapel was laid at this place, by Mr. T. Groom, of Wellington, on Monday last. At half-past two a great number of people had assembled, when the Rev. J. Prosser commenced the service by giving out a hymn, after which he engaged in prayer. Mr. Groom then proceeded to lay the stone, and while doing so said, “This stone we lay in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” He then delivered an excellent address, congratulating the Primitive Methodists of Wrockwardine-wood in their undertaking. After Mr. Groom had concluded his remarks he put £5 on the plate, and a collection was made which amounted to £7 7s. The Rev. J. Prosser and the Rev. R. Taylor also addressed the company.”

    By Janice Cox (03/02/2021)
  • Shropshire Archives:

    PM Chapel, Wrockwardine Wood.

    Ref. XNMA44/1/3/2: Music early 20th c., to include music for the Cornet. 

    Ref. NMA44/2/1: Printed Rules & Regulations for PM Chapel Cemetery, Wrockwardine Wood, 1927.

    Ref. NMA44/3/3: Extract from the Missionary Contata’ by Richard Talbot, early 20 c.

    Ref. XNMB252:/2/1: Photograph & Drawing of PM Chapel, 1984.

    Ref. XNMB252/2/2: Photograph of PM Sunday School Harvest Festival, c.1945.

    Ref. XNMB252/2/3: Photograph of PM Chapel, 20th c.

    Ref. XNMA/44/D/1: Circuit Reports & Schedules, 1844-1931.

    Ref. XNMA/44/A/1: Baptisms. The Registers appear to cover part of the whole Wrockwardine Wood PM Circuit.

    There are other documents for this PM Chapel, e.g., Deeds, other Schedules, Marriage Registers, Band of Hope documents, Sunday School, etc.

    By Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella) (21/05/2018)

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