Burtle Primitive Methodist chapel

Bridgewater and Glastonbury Mission.-

Burtle is a village and civil parish on the Somerset Levels in the Sedgemoor district. In the 1860 Primitive Methodist magazine, Samuel Harding writes:

The opening services of our new chapel took place on Thursday, November 10th, 1859, when a sermon was delivered in the afternoon at two o’clock, by the writer. At half past four, tea was gratuitously provided, and up wards of 190 persons attended. At half past six, a public meeting was commenced, when addresses were delivered by the Revs. A. Oram, W. Thomas, S. Harding, 0. Hill, Messrs. H. G. Maycock, J. Cox, J. Ellworthy, J. Withiers, and G. Bacon. The meeting was crowded, and was concluded by a good prayer-meeting. The services were resumed on Sunday 13th, Mr. Hill preached in the afternoon, and I took the evening service.

The chapel will accommodate 140 persons. The total cost of which is about £140, toward which we have obtained £110, and £15 were promised for the first anniversary; we hope at that time to clear off the “whole of the debt from the premises. The friends have done ‘excellently. Our special thanks are tendered to Mr. J. Cox, for a donation of £20, and for leading materials, &c., worth at least a like amount, and to Mr. G. Cox, for a ‘donation of £10, also Mr. C. Cox, £5, the Misses Cox and other friends for providing the tea gratuitously on this occasion, and also at the time the foundation stone was laid. Special services have been held in the chapel, and consider able anxiety is manifested among the people about their souls’ salvation. That showers of blessings may come upon the people, is the prayer of Samuel Harding. 

British History Online tells us that the Primitive Methodist chapel at Catcott Burtle that was called Ebenezer seems to have closed in the 1930s and to have been sold in 1942. I can see no building which resembles a chapel on Street View in 2009.


Primitive Methodist magazine February 1860 pages 113-114


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