Broad Marston Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel
Broad Marston Road CV37 8XY
The carved stone on the front of the house on Broad Marston Road reads “Ebenezar Primitive Methodist Chapel Erected 1864”. Interestingly, on Ordnance Survey maps in 1884 and later it is labelled as a Wesleyan chapel. Was it transferred from the Prims or is the OS map in error?
The Primitive Methodist magazine of 1864 contains an account of the opening of the chapel in August 1864
“Stratford-on-Avon.—Our new chapel at Broad Marston was opened for divine worship on Lord’s day, August 7th, 1864, when three sermons were preached ; in the morning by Mr. James Taplin, one of our accredited local preachers, and in the afternoon by my respected colleague, the Rev. G. Hull, and in the evening by the writer. The collections amounted to the sum of £6 15s. 8d.
The land for the above chapel was given by W. Haynes, Esq., of Wesington. The title deed is connexional ; the chapel is 24 feet by 16½ clear, 11 feet from the base line to wallplate, has 4 semi-circular windows, 2 in each end. We have a rostrum, and 10 beautiful rail-back seats, which will all be let. The chapel is a credit to the neighbourhood and its vicinity.
It stands in a very eligible position, near to the spot where the immortal Wesley preached nearly one hundred years ago.
Our people missioned Broad Marston about twenty-six years ago ; at that time they had to battle with opposition. Some who were converted under their ministry have fought the battles of human life, and have joined the Church triumphant.
We have now about twenty-five members in society, and ten local preachers ; I would say without any flattery, they are a credit to the connexion ; they are all poor and hard-working people, and have acted in a noble manner. After having toiled hard in the fields all the day, they excavated the ground for the chapel, dug for the foundations, and concreted them for the masons to commence operations.
The cost of the chapel will be upwards of £70, towards which we have already raised about £45, and when the donations are collected in and our thanksgiving tea-meeting is over, we shall only have the small sum of £25 remaining.
We are glad to say that in this station there is peace, and our finances are good ; our members have multiplied. We had only one chapel in this station when I came here in July, 1863 ; but we have now four, two of which have been turned over to us from the Society of Friends, and which will accommodate about 360 persons. J. Hall.”
Primitive Methodist magazine of 1864 page 743-744