Loughborough Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:Loughborough Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Loughborough Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Sketch by Alfred Mosley

Photo:Loughborough Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Loughborough Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Handbook of the Primitive Methodist Conference 1927; Englesea Brook Museum

Photo:Swan Street chapel and schools; who is the little girl?

Swan Street chapel and schools; who is the little girl?

Centenary Camp Meeting Souvenir Handbook 1907

Photo:Swan St Loughborough outstanding events

Swan St Loughborough outstanding events

Swan Street Centenary Handbook 1949

Photo:Swan Street Loughborough ministers

Swan Street Loughborough ministers

Swan Street Centenary Handbook 1949

location of Loughborough Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Swan Street LOUGHBOROUGH LE11 5BG

By Christopher Hill

Swan Street Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in 1849 and enlarged in 1870 to accommodate 600 people.   It occupied a large site which by the time of its closure included schoolrooms and cottages.

After closure the congregation joined with the former Wesleyan chapel in Leicester Road and then became founder members of the new society at Trinity.

When the building was demolished - by Collington and Son of Leicester - they discovered that the Woodbrook flowed directly underneath the building, covered only by floorboards.  The foreman commented that in periods of heavy rain the noise must have disturbed services.

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 23/12/2015.
Comments about this page

I attended Swan Street from the age of three, and I am the person who created the sketch, some years ago now.

Indeed one could hear the brook when it was full and one could also hear the  Salvation Army in full swing 100 yards further along the culvert.

The location of the Church according to the map is in correct, if you were to blow up the map a little you will see Brookside, well the Church was directly opposite.

Swan Street was the Circuit Church for the third Circuit in Primitive Methodism and the Circuit stretchedv as far as Nuneaton in the south and the river Trent in the North

If I can help further in any way get in touch.

Alfred Mosley

 

By Alfred Mosley
On 03/02/2016

Thanks for this Alfred.  I have corrected the location on the map; in terms of current land use, it is the row of shops to the north-west of Wilkinson's store.

I have also added your credit to the sketch.  I hope you are content for it to be on this site.  When I saw it at the Loughborough Trinity 50th Anniversary celebrations I didn't know who had drawn it and who to ask for permission.

By Christopher Hill
On 04/02/2016

I attended Swan Street from a baby in 1945, my parents were very involved for many many years.

I am Enid Shepherd, nee Sharpe

By Enid Shepherd
On 20/02/2017

Greetings Christopher,

It is over twelve months since I looked at the page and I didn't realise that you had replied to my original email, or comment. I am more than happy for you to have used my sketch of Swan Street and the one for Nottingham Road Chapel too. Sorry about the coffee stain.

Swan Street was the force behind the setting up of the Duke Street Mission in the lower story of a Factory and out of that venture came Nottingham Road Chapel in 1892. (The Factory building I always thought was the building used is to be redeveloped in the next few months, if it hasn't started already.

The Lady who wrote to you after me was the daughter of Mr Bramwell Sharpe who when I was a youngster was the Sunday School Super, he was one of the founders if not the Founder of the 1st Loughborough Boys Brigade Company and also one of the founders of The Methodist Association of Youth Clubs as well as being the motivating force behind the Trinity Methodist Church whose 50th Celebration you attended. He was one of those people that you only meet the like of once or twice in a lifetime.

Whilst The Primitive Methodist Church in effect ceased to exist with the union in 1932, the ethos carried on for many years, and though I was born in 1942 I would claim to be a 'Prim'.

If you would like reminiscences then I am sure both Mrs Shepherd and I would be pleased to offer them. 

You have my Email address, if I could help any further please get in touch via that channel

Kindest regards

Alfred  Mosley

By Alfred Mosley
On 18/05/2017

Mr Hill Thank you for talking to me this morning, if you would like to meet up to see any information I might have about Swan Street, or memories please do so.  Alfred very kindly mentions my parents and I can tell you more.  Regard's Enid

By Enid shepherd
On 09/09/2017

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