Swan Village Primitive Methodist chapel

West Bromwich circuit: how many chapels does a place need?

Swan Village Primitive Methodist chapel

The Primitive Methodist magazine for February 1852 contains an account  by R Cordingly of the opening of Swan Village Primitive Methodist chapel in the West Bromwich circuit. He tells us that the opening services started on December 7th 1851 and sermons were preached by E Britain, P Pugh, E Thomason and G Peak.

However, he spent most of his account considering whether there were too many chapels in a small area.  They had built 6 chapels in addition to the existing one (which became a Sunday school) and rented two more.

When I wrote this page in January 2017, I asked “Does anyone know where this chapel was and what happened to it?” Howard Richter has responded with the following:

This was the situation in 1890

It’s not clear on that map exactly where the text is pointing, but see the later maps such as:

from which it is clear that the chapel was set back from the south side of Great Bridge Street at SO 983 923 

This building is visible across the background on Streetview in August 2018

The National Archives here
show that the Sandwell Archives in Smethwick hold some recent records of this chapel.

Whether the extant building – in situ since no later than 1890 – is the one opened in August 1852 has yet to be established 


Primitive Methodist magazine February 1852 p.113


Comments about this page

  • Thanks to Howard Richter for sterling detective work to track down the chapel in Swan Village, which I have added to the page. Whether it is the chapel in the 1852 Primitive Methodist magazine is a question still to be answered.

    By Christopher Hill (17/10/2018)

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