Woobourn Primitive Methodist chapel

but where was it?

The Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account by William Grant of the opening of Woobourn Primitive Methodist chapel. Opening services were held on 30/07/1832 & 31/07/1832 and the preachers were Brothers Oscroft & Pentney on the Sunday and Rev J S (Independent minister) on the Monday.

The society procured land with two cottages and on it built a neat chapel with gallery at one end. The new chapel measured 18′(w)  30′(l) x 18′(h).

I’m not entirely sure where Woobourn was.  There is a village spelled Wooburn in Buckinghamshire and Wooburn Green does have a Primitive Methodist chapel on the Ordnance Survey map of 1876. Alternatively, Woobourn in Surrey was the country house of of Philip Southcote. Was that it? Or is it Woburn by another spelling?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1833 page 254


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  • I think there is some evidence that this is Wooburn Green chapel. The Buckinghamshire Family History Society index indicates that the first mention of the chapel was in 1832 (and that it closed in 1938). The National Archives hold the Register of Births and Baptisms at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in the parish of Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire from 1832 to 1836 (RG4/1361A). Whilst not conclusive, the fact that the register starts in 1832 suggests that the chapel may date from that time. Leary places the two preachers in London in 1832. The 1851 Religious census might be worth checking as it may give some information.

    By Philip Thornborow (20/11/2019)

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