Kelsale, Primitive Methodists

Denny/Denney Family

Primitive Methodist Chapel Kelsale, Suffolk.
Anne Gentleman
inside Primitive methodist Chapel Kelsale, Suffolk
Anne Gentleman
Outside Primitive Methodist Chapel Kelsale, Suffolk, 2008
Anne Gentleman
1851 Kelsale Primitive Methodist chapel in 1988
Keith Guyler 1988

My relatives the Denny’s were some of the early Primitive Methodists of Kelsale, Suffolk. In the 1841 census one of the family fields [belonging to my Great times 3 Grandmother]was called Chapel Field and according to a local historian [who happens to live next door!] this field was named thus because the barn near by was used as a meeting place for worship.

My Great times 2 grandfather went on to build the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Kelsale Village itself. I have a full record of which seats my great time 2 grandparents sat in from 1870 to 1880!.

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  • The following report appeared in the ‘Norfolk News’ on Saturday 16 August 1851, page 3.
    A PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL was opened for divine worship at Kelsale, near Wangford, on Friday last, when sermons were preached by Mr. E. Houchen and Mr. W. Crown. On the following Sabbath the services in connection with the opening were continued by Messrs. Houchen, Larner and Mackill. The congregations were overflowing and the liberality of the friends was decisively evinced. A tea meeting was also held on Friday, when 180 adults sat down to the social repast. The collections, including the profits of the tea, amounted to the noble sum of £10 3s. 2 1/4d.

    By David Tonks (17/06/2021)

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