Chapels

Can you help us build up an A-Z of pictures of Primitive Methodist chapels, past and present? Some chapels are still the centres of worshipping communities. Others have been demolished or converted for other uses. Do you know where they were? There are more than 4,000 to find!

We'd really like pictures of all the chapels: could you provide any?

To find out more about a particular chapel, have a look at our Circuit Plans page.  A plan will tell you for example who preached there and when services were held.

Alternatively, use the search box at the top right of the page.  This could introduce you to some of the people involved in a location.


Many images were taken by Keith Guyler (1937-2010), who worked for the Port of London Authority until his early retirement in 1989. He lived in Gravesend and attended Gravesend Methodist Church where he was a Boys Brigade Captain. His minister, the Rev Roger Cresswell, gave him a query about a former Methodist building in Gravesend. As a result, from 1980 he began taking photographs of former and existing Methodist chapels. He and his wife, who donated the collection to the WHS Library in his memory, made a practice of taking their holidays in different places around Great Britain to cover the entire country. In 1994 they moved to Lincolnshire, but continued the hobby. He was still taking photographs up to 2007. 

Page link: Who were the Primitive Methodist architects?
Who were the Primitive Methodist architects?
A list of architects and the Primitive Methodist buildings they designed, in Yorkshire and some other counties
Category link: Chapel openings, re-openings and stone-laying
Chapel openings, re-openings and stone-laying
Accounts from the Primitive Methodist Magazine
Category link: Unknown
Unknown
Can you help us identify these unknown PM CHapels?
Category link: Essex
Essex
There were about 75 PM chapels in Essex
Category link: Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
The first PM chapel in Lincs was built in 1819.
Category link: Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire
a historic county now in Wales
Category link: Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Home of the first PM Chapel
Category link: Wales
Wales
See also Monmouthshire
Category link: Worcestershire
Worcestershire
includes chapels now in the West Midlands