Stockley Primitive Methodist chapel

Stockley Lane, Calne SN11 0NL

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

The opening of Stockley Primitive Methodist chapel is described in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

“Stockley   The plan and materials of this chapel are the same as the one at Chittoe, excepting that this is only twenty feet by fifteen in the clear. The farmers in the neighbourhood very kindly sent their teams to convey the materials, so that the expense in this department was a mere trifle. The whole cost, including the writings, one pound for the ground, and ten shillings for a tree which stood upon the premises, was seventy-six pounds eighteen shillings and sixpence.  

Towards this, by subscriptions, &c., the sum of thirty-three pounds five shillings and three half-pence has been raised.  The trustees have taken up forty pounds on interest, and there are outstanding bills to the amount of three pounds thirteen shillings and four-pence half-penny.

On Sunday, September 5,1841, it was opened for Divine service; Mr. Wilshaw, from Bath, preached in the morning and evening, and Mr. Reynolds, from Poole, in the Brinkworth circuit, in the afternoon.  The “GOLDEN System” was introduced on the occasion, and the sum of ten pounds was promised for the first anniversary.  The chapel, which is made Connexional, is well attended, and appears likely to be soon too small.”

transcribed by David Tonks

An article from the ‘Christian Messenger’ on this website says the chapel was built in 1849, although the return from the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship also dates it as 1841.

The congregation prospered as on Census Sunday two services each attracted about 50 people.

The chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps of 1886 and 1924 at GR SU002677.  By 1973-5 only the burial ground is shown, it having apparently spread onto the site of the chapel.

Stockley chapel is included in the 1940 inventory of Methodist buildings.  We are told that it  consisted of one brick built building and seated 100 people on pews.  It was in the Calne circuit, headed by London Road Primitive Methodist chapel in Calne.


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1842 page 377-378


Comments about this page

  • It can be hard to track down who owns a piece of land Carol.

    We do know that the chapel is included in the 1940 list of Methodist buildings, so that is within living memory.

    Assuming that there are no records with the Land Registry, you might find some help in chapel records such as minutes of the meetings of trustees, the people responsible for the property. When a chapel closes, the records were often passed to the County Archives for safe keeping, so that would be a good place to start. There is a chance that Methodist Archives might also have helpful information. You can see more guidance about finding out about a particular chapel on this site here.

    Another option might be simply to start tidying up and see what happens.

    By Christopher Hill (03/10/2023)
  • The area is now overgrown and memorials broken and collapsed. residents would like to clear the area of weeds and make the memorials safe. it overlooks lovely countryside and a bench for people to enjoy the views would be great. nobody can find who owns the site to ask for permission to tidy it up and place a bench. do you have information?

    By carol krebs (03/10/2023)

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