Midsomer Norton Primitive Methodist chapel

Redfield Road: 1877 – 1990

Midsomer Norton Redfield Road Primitive Methodist chapel
provided by Jeff Parsons

The history of Redfield Road Chapel started in 1840 in a small cottage in Church Lane owned by James Jones, the first class leader. In the same cottage lived John Hoare who joined the Society in 1845 and, in 1849, became one of the first local preachers in the Radstock Primitive Methodist Circuit of which Redfield Road was a part.  Preaching services as well as class meetings were then held in James Jones’ cottage.

In 1875, the trustees purchased 363 square yards of land in Redfield Road on which to build a chapel.  On May the 18th 1876, Mr Catley’s tender of £695 was accepted and an architect named Hicks was asked to draw up plans; then, on June the 16th, the foundation stone was laid and provision made for 600 people to have tea in the Market Hall.  The church was finally completed in 1877 and special opening ceremonies were held on three successive Sundays between February the 27th and March the 12th

The church was demolished in 1997 for housing development.

You can see the report by James Jones to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship here


This information and picture comes from a booklet celebrating 150 years of Midsomer Norton Methodist Church by Norman Voake.  It is included by permission of Midsomer Norton Methodist Church which holds the copyright through the Minister (Revd Stephen Robinson).

Comments about this page

  • You can read an illustrated history of the Redfield Road society on the Midsomer Norton Methodist Church website here .

    By Christopher Hill (22/03/2022)
  • (First of all view Stone Cross PM Chapel, Midsomer Norton regrading Walton).

    Somerset Heritage Centre:
    ref. D/N/SMC/2/3/31. Walton Primitive Methodist. Plan and elevation of proposed alteration to the chapel building [c.1952]? *
    *date to be checked.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella (25/08/2021)
  • Note from me: –
    8 years before unification.

    A time period for granted planning permission for commencing building-work etc. can elapse but an extended reapplication can be made; but not always the case, be it new build or alterations to existing properties.
    The Builder, vol. 127, issue 4255, August 1924 :
    MIDSUMER NORTON, – Plans passed by U.D.C. include,
    Primitive Methodist chapel at Walton and a pair of houses in North-road.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella (25/08/2021)

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