Newport Primitive Methodist chapel
In the Primitive Methodist Magazine of 1858, Newport is described by Joseph Hibbs as “an improving seaport” where the Primitive Methodist society had been forced to move their place of worship 5 times in 15 years. In 1851 they worshipped at Oddfellows Mall, Mill Street. Obtaining a plot of land was difficult because of local objections, but Newport Primitive Methodist chapel was opened with services starting on Friday March 5th 1858. Preachers included Miss MC Buck of Leicester and Rev T Hobson of Hereford.
The new chapel measured 33′ 6″ square, had enough land to double its size and was insured. It cost around £400 of which they had raised the required third. Donors and collectors included C Bailey MP, T Brown, J Firbank, Messrs Horner, S Hoyd, Pritchard, R Brown, Mrs Firbank and Miss Craighill.
The 1881 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account of the laying of the foundation stones for a new Primitive Methodist chapel and school at Newport, Monmouthshire. It was expected to cost £2,000
Where were these chapels and what happened to them?
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1858 pp.363-364
Primitive Methodist magazine 1881 page 571