High Littleton Primitive Methodist chapel

New Road, High Littleton, BS39 6JD

former High Littleton Primitive Methodist chapel
provided by Jeff Parsons
High Littleton Primitive Methodist chapel

The history of Methodism in High Littleton is interesting in as much as the Wesleyans got their foot in the door first, followed by the Prims; but it was the Prim Building which survived for the longest as in 1955 the two congregations amalgamated and continued using the former Prim building.

I understand that some of the earlier failings of the Prims in High Littleton may have been due to a particular situation at the local Greyfield Colliery (Earl of Warwick) when many miners were put out of work, but  the upturn of colliery business brought members back to their Primitive church.

The Primitive Chapel buildings have undergone extensions and alteration and in the 1990s were subject to a major refurbishment. Sadly the size of the congregation diminished to an unsustainable point when the Society ceased to meet in 2016, members joining other local groups.

The building has continued to be used for a local playgroup and the Scouts and the sale of the building to the Scouts seems imminent.

The picture attached herewith is taken from the cover of the service sheet for the final service on August 28th 2016.

Methodism in High Littleton Timeline

Wesleyans

  • 1771   First meetings
  • 1779  First indoor cottage meeting
  • 1821   Wesleyan Chapel opened
  • 1955  Central Methodist (former Wesleyan) Chapel closed (August)

Primitives

  • Pre 1831 possible meetings but no building- worship in tents at Stall Ground, Rotcombe Lane
  • Subsequently meetings in house at end of Rotcombe Lane opposite current Church building
  • 1857  Piece of land purchased from Capt Scobell for £23 – 6th July 1857 and a piece of land from Mr James Grey 12 March 1868
  • 1868  First Primitive Chapel built
  • 1880  Closed due to financial difficulties servicing loan of £200
  • 1882  Re-opened
  • 1900  Additional piece of land purchased from Mr George Brice for £24, 24 May 1900
  • 1909  New chapel completed and opened. Foundation stone laid by Mrs Hall, wife of Greyfield Colliery manager. Cost £700
  • 1955  Amalgamation with Central Church
  • 1961   Further purchase of land from Messrs Gregory and Chivers 18 Nov 1961
  • 1965  Extensions and car park created
  • 2016  Chapel closed
  • 2021  Sold to Scouts Association (pending)

Notes from

“A History and reflections” by a Chapel member – undated

“Notes on the History of High Littleton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel” by Michael Browning – undated

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  • As of November 2021 the ownership has been transferred to the High Littleton Scout Group.

    By Jeff Parsons (17/03/2022)

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