Marston Primitive Methodist chapel

Return from Marston Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
Provided by David Tonks

The 1851 Census of Public Places of Religious Worship contains a report for Marston Primitive Methodist chapel, completed by the minister, George Beale, of Market Lavington.

The chapel had been built in 1835 and on census Sunday 32 people attended in the afternoon and 54 in the afternoon.

Marston appears on the Market Lavington plan for 1845 – see here. The plan includes an encouraging note that captures a common aspect of Primitive Methodism:

“There is a Society formed in the PM chapel, Marston, Wilts called the PILGRIM’S SOCIETY; the object of this Society is to support its members in the days of affliction, accident and old age.  The Society is formed on so low a scale, that the poorest man, with a little economy, may become a member thereof. The Society will meet the first Monday in every month, at 7 o’Clock in the evening, at which time members will be admitted.”


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