Walpole Primitive Methodist chapel

Church Hill, Walpole IP19 9AX

The note in the bottom right hand corner refers to “Hassall photo Halesworth”. Halesworth is the next village to the NE from Walpole. The building is still visible on google streetview and seems to have been converted into 2 houses.
Martin Lazell

There is an account by William Crown in the 1860 Primitive Methodist Magazine about the opening of Walpole Primitive Methodist chapel. It says that the society had met in a cottage for a number of years but built a chapel that would seat 130 at a cost of £130 with £52 raised. Opening celebrations included tea for 150.

Opening services from August 19th 1860 were addressed by William Crown, W Hammond and Messrs Goddard and Wilson.

A Primitive Methodist chapel is marked on the 1884 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map up a footpath to the south of Church Hill. On the 1904 map it is marked a little further west, although in both cases the exact building is not clear. On the 1957 map it is marked (back closer to the original location) as a disused chapel.


Primitive Methodist Magazine November 1860 pages 689 – 690

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  • Information which was found to relate to Walpole St Peter PM Chapel, Norfolk, has been removed from this page, and added to the page on Walpole St Peter. Thank you to Martin Lazell and others who have helped to resolve the initial confusion about Walpole Chapel.

    By Jill Barber (26/03/2019)
  • Looking on Google maps it is clear there are two different Walpoles. One is near Kings Lynn in Norfolk and would fit with the first Walpole chapel Christopher mentions since the speakers came from Wisbeach and Lynn. The second chapel is almost certainly the Suffolk Walpole, not least because one of the speakers is Mr. Goddard and I know my Goddard forbears were members of the Prim chapel in Walpole at that time.

    By Maggie Westwood (27/08/2018)
  • Can anyone resolve the conflicting information about Walpole chapel set out here?  It’s made worse by the other chapels in the neighbourhood with very similar names – Walpole Highway, Walpole St Peter, Walpole Cross Keys, Walpole Marsh, Walpole St Andrew … none of which have a chapel dating from 1860 that I can find!


    By Christopher Hill (10/02/2018)

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