Birch Primitive Methodist Chapel, Herefordshire

Photo:Birch Methodist Chapel - March 1993

Birch Methodist Chapel - March 1993

David Hill

Photo:Side elevation - March 1991

Side elevation - March 1991

David Hill

Birch PM Chapel, Little Birch, HR2 8AZ

By Geoff Dickinson

A Primitive Methodist Chapel was built on the site in 1834 and rebuilt in 1858.

The chapel closed in 2012, although it was briefly re-opened for the funeral of a local teacher in October 2012.

A planning application was accepted in February 2015 to use the premises as a shop for a temporary period of two years from 1 March 2015.

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There's an account in the Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of Little Birch Primitive Methodist chapel.  Preachers at the opening services on 28th and 29th September 1834 were John Morton and Edward Williams.

The Prims first missioned there in 1822 and the new chapel, which had a blue slate roof was so well attended with a thriving Sunday school that it was already too small by the date of its opening. (CH 05/2017)

In the magazine twenty four years later, Thomas Hobson writes about the opening of the 1858 chapel. At that time the village had around 500 residents and there was an upsurge in membership. The old chapel was taken down and a new one nearly twice the size erected - 33' x 23', stone built with a blue slate roof and boarded floor. It cost £120 of which they hoped to raise £40

It opened from December 19th 1858 with services and a tea meeting for 130. Speakers were Thomas Hobson, Rev J Richards, Bros Hughes Shephard, Davues and Hall.

References

Herefordshire Council Planning applications

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/closing-chapel-open-teachers-funeral-2021425

Primitive Methodist magazine 1835 p.229

Primitive Methodist magazine March 1859 p.169

This page was added by Geoff Dickinson on 07/10/2015.
Comments about this page

I've added some detail of this chapel's opening.  Was it used as a shop from 2015 - and what has happened to it since?

By Christopher Hill
On 16/05/2017

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