Barford Primitive Methodist chapel
West Street Barford St. Martin SALISBURY SP3 4AH
Barford St Martin is one of the villages in the Nadder valley to the west of Wilton. The Primitive Methodist chapel on West Street is no longer in use but clearly proclaims the date 1902 in the arch over the central window.
- There is a bit of confusion in the the notes with Keith Guyler’s photograph which say that the chapel was opened in 1869 and closed in 1902; it appears his notes relate to a previous chapel.
- The Wiltshire Community History website says that “By 1830 a group of Primitive Methodists were meeting here and were strong enough to build a chapel. A certificate for a meeting house was issued in 1931 and they continued to meet here. In 1932 both branches of Methodism, Wesleyans and Primitives, united and this became the Barford Methodist Chapel. It is no longer in use.” Is the 1931 date inaccurate?
Can anyone explain this?
A further piece of the jigsaw comes from the return from Barford Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship. Joseph Burch, the leader, says that the chapel which accommodated 142 was opened in 1845. On Census Sunday, 112 people attended in the afternoon and 97 in the evening. There was a Sunday School of 23-25 scholars.
On Google Street View in June 2011 it is in use as a house.
Wiltshire Community History website accessed August 6th 2015