Penn Primitive Methodist chapel

Chapel Lane, Penselwood BA9 8LY

Pen Primitive Methodist chapel

The opening of Penn Primitive Methodist chapel in the Motcombe circuit is described by T Powell in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

At this place our people have preached the Gospel for four or five years, and many souls have been converted. The cottage in which we held our services being too small for our congregation, Messrs. Garrat and Longman gave a site on which to build a chapel, which was opened October 14th. 1860. The writer preached in the morning and evening, and Mr. H. Hart in the afternoon. On the following day, Mr. Hancock preached in the afternoon, after which a tea-meeting was held, when 330 persons were present. In the evening, two public meetings were held, one in the chapel, conducted by the writer, and addresses were delivered by Messrs. Toll, Hancock, Hart, Goldsbrough, and Morgan ; and the other meeting was held in the old preaching house, when addresses were delivered by Messrs. G. Fowler, Parfill, Smith, Foot, and Bult. All the services were crowded.

The chapel is built of stone, is 24 feet by 18 feet in the clear, and 14 feet to the ceiling. It has 50 sittings in pews ; the remainder are free. The total cost is £120, towards which we have raised the following sums :— By foundation services, £4 6s. ; collected by several friends, £23 5s. 6d. ; opening services, £13 10s. Total, £41 1s. 6d. £13 are promised for the anniversary of 1861, and the society is praying and believing for an enlarged outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

When I first added this page, I couldn’t identify where Penn was; thanks to Martin Reeves for pinpointing it – see the comment below. Martin is also responsible for the page being moved from Dorset to Somerset.


Primitive Methodist magazine January 1860 page 46-47


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  • This chapel was in Pen Selwood also known as Penn, Penselwood and also until the 19th century as Pen. It was situated in Chapel Lane and according to the British History On line website was built in 1860, closed in 1954 , sold in 1956 and later demolished. There was also a Sunday School started in 1863 which had 18 teachers and 82 children in 1865 and 55 children in 1890. I have confirmed using the old-maps website that on a 1:2,500 map the Primitive Methodist Chapel was in Chapel Lane in 1901. The OS Grid Reference is ST762310. The current postcode for Chapel Lane is BA9 8LY. This chapel would have been in the Motcombe Circuit. Please note also that it is in Somerset and not Dorset– so should be transferred to the Somerset section.

    By Martin Reeves (16/07/2019)

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