Micheldever and Basingstoke, Hampshire

"a great river"

Micheldever PM Chapel, built 1867
Micheldever PM Chapel, built 1867
Micheldever and Basingstoke, Hampshire
1867 Micheldever Primitive Methodist chapel as it was in 1990, by which time it had been converted into a house. | Keith Guyler 1990
1867 Micheldever Primitive Methodist chapel as it was in 1990, by which time it had been converted into a house.
Keith Guyler 1990

The village name “Micheldever” is a combination of Anglo-Saxon micel, meaning great, and Welsh dwfr, meaning water, or river (as in Dover). It is strangely appropriate, because a great river of God’s blessing flowed from Micheldever. Its influence spread far and wide in Hampshire, and it became the head of a Primitive Methodist circuit, which was later renamed the Basingstoke Circuit. Here is an extract from a report of an 1835 camp meeting held nearby:

Camp meeting, 1835

‘Probably there were present at one time in the afternoon from 5,000 to 6,000 persons; and no fewer than 3,000 of them belonged to the ranks of our most violent persecutors. It was now that interruption, and even danger were apprehended. A deep solemnity pervaded the hearts of our people, and this gave a character to all the religious exercises, especially to the preaching and praying. The Mitcheldever society constituted one of the praying companies; and its members prayed until it seemed as if heaven and earth were brought together. At first I trembled lest their fervency should enrage the persecutors; but there was no remedy; it was impossible to restrain them. I then joined with them, and felt perfectly free to live or die; and, contrary to our expectation, when we returned to the preaching stand for the second course of sermons, the vast concourse of people stood as if they were entranced; the preachers had extraordinary liberty, and the word was indeed with power; the people in prayer wrestled with God and prevailed, and the song of praise seemed to make the place a paradise.’

The photograph shows the river flowing through the village.

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