Sidemoor Primitive Methodist chapel

Sidemoor, Bromsgrove: Birmingham Circuit

Ebenezer PM Chapel, Sidemoor
Supplied by Trevor Bott

S Tillotson tells us about the opening of Sidemoor Primitive Methodist chapel in the Birmingham circuit in an account in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

The chapel opened on 30 September 1838 when the preachers, along with Mr Tillotson were Messrs Petty, Blackman & Round.

The new chapel which measured 30′(l) 21′(w) x 17′(h) had a gallery at one end & with its opening, the society started a Sunday school. Thanks were particularly due to to George Ellins who gave all the stone & to Mrs Taylor and Mrs Wheeler who diligently obtained subscriptions towards the erection.

I cannot see a Primitive Methodist chapel on late Nineteenth century Ordnance Survey maps; where was this chapel and what happened to the society?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1839 page 248

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  • The church seems to have gone in and out of various Methodist connexions – from 1843 it was known as the Independent Methodist Chapel. It was renamed Ebenezer Methodist Church in 1863 (at which time a new building was opened on Broad Street, Sidemoor) and closed in the 1980s or 1990s. It was succeeded quite quickly by a replanted congregation, which had various names and has been since 2000 NewSong Community Church (a non-denominational church). The church still meets in the 1933 Methodist church building on Broad Street, Sidemoor, Bromsgrove. References: AB Crane, Sidemoor Saga: The Official History of the Ebenezer Methodist Church, Bromsgrove 1820-1933 (1970); Peter Billingham, Nailed to the Cross: How Primitive Methodism Liberated the White Slaves of Bromsgrove (2015). I’m currently doing a small research project on the history of these churches from 1820-2020, and would welcome any further information other readers may have!

    By Ian Jones (25/01/2020)

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