Knighton Primitive Methodist chapel

location of former Knighton Primitive Methodist chapel

Broad Street, Knighton

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist magazine of October 1852 contains an account by Joseph Hutchings of the opening of Knighton Primitive Methodist chapel in the  Presteign circuit.

Previously the society had  been at a disadvantage because it met in "a room over some stables which, in the summer, proved very offensive." In the winter of 1851-2 there was a revival, so the society went to "John Wilson, Esq., who gave us the land, laid the foundation-stone, and presented us with five sovereigns."

The new chapel was opened on May 30th 1852 when sermons were preached by the Rev. J.Richards, of Pontypool, and the Rev. J. Middleton, 0f Ludlow. On the Monday, between 400 and 500 persons sat down to tea in the new buildings. They were addressed by the Rev. J. Richards, the Rev. B.Owen, Baptist minister, and the Rev.J. Middleton. 

The chapel was 42 feet long, 24 feet wide, 16 feet high, built of stone and with a slate roof. The floor was oak - a quality above the usual board floor. Mr Bright of Woodhouse hauled the lime. It cost £185 of which they had raised £97. The rest was lent at no interest by the trustees. Special thanks went to John Wilson, Esq, to Charles Edwards, Esq., of Skyberry, and to the family of the late Mr.Bright, of Woodhouse.

The chapel is still labelled on Ordnance Survey maps in 1977 but has disappeared by 1989. On Google Earth and Street View in September 2011 it looks as though the building still exists. Can you confirm this?


Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine October 1852 p.623

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 10/02/2017.
Comments about this page

This chapel was partially demolished and converted to housing in 1977 . It retains a stone tablet on the wall. I forget now what or who it is dedicated to. I will check today as I live in Knighton and actually went to this chapel, as did generations of my family before me. My great great grandfather (Thomas Owen) was a preacher and also moved to Stafford to continue this work. His father's sister was married to Joseph Preston, who was also a preacher for many years. I have a copy of a book on the history of Primitive Methodists in Knighton in which there are some interesting articles about the Owen family and the arrival of the first Methodist minister, needless to say, he was not welcomed! Have to go now sorry but could tell you more!

By Tim Owen
On 15/04/2017

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