Abergavenny; Victoria Street Tabernacle Primitive Methodist Chapel, Monmouthshire

This chapel was erected in 1850

The Victoria Street Tabernacle PM Chapel is now used by The Salvation Army. The date of closure by the Methodist Church is unknown. The building is in very good condition and well ‘loved’.

Photos taken March 2014

OS Map ref:161:SO296143

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  • The Primitive Methodist magazine of 1850 (page 502-503) contains an account by J Hutchings of the opening of the Tabernacle Primitive Methodist chapel in Abergavenny on June 23rd 1850. It was in the Rose Cottage branch. Preachers were Revs James Bromley (Wesleyan) HJ Bunn, Robert Thomas (Independents) Joseph Best and William Harvey. The site was leased for three Halfpence a yard for 99 years. The new chapel measured 42′ x 30′ x 18′, held 172 worshippers and cost around £350 of which they had raised a third.

    There was sufficient land to build a minister’s house and Sunday school.

    By Christopher Hill (01/06/2021)
  • Thomas William Brown, who trained as a Primitive Methodist Minister at Hartley College was stationed first at Sleaford in 1914, and then served in Abergavenny from 1915-18. His funeral service was held in this chapel in April 1950. His son, Dr Geoffrey Brown, has evidence from documents in Gwent Record Office that Victoria Street was open until at least 1956. These show that: collections were recorded up to 1956; PM deeds for Victoria Street Chapel held up to 1954; New Trustees appointed in 1949; a lease for 21 years was agreed from 25 Dec 1949; after 1956, Victoria Street closed and united with Castle Street (ex-Wesleyan). The Abergavenny Primitive Methodist circuit included chapels at Victoria Street, Rose Cottage (Llantilo Crossenny), Llanddewi Skirrid, Newcastle and Penrhos.

    By Jill Barber (18/04/2014)

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