Winchmore Hill Jubilee Primitive Methodist chapel

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Winchmore Hill Jubilee Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 1996

Winchmore Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

The Hill Winchmore Hill AMERSHAM HP7 0NY

By Christopher Hill

Winchmore Hill Jubilee Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in 1860.  A hall was added in 1953 and a porch to celebrate the Centenary in 1960.  A Wesleyan chapel was opened in the village in exactly the same year, although it was the Primitive building that was retained in due course after Union.

The laying of the foundation stone is described in the Primitive Methodist magazine. Preachers included Rev. M. Wilson, G. H. Fowler and Jas Smith; Thomas Wilson laid the stone.

After the stone was laid, "the people retired to a booth in Mr. Woodbridge's orchard, where upwards of 350 took tea."

There is a good account of the development on non-conformist Christianity in the Chiltern Commons in the essay Dissension to Domesticity by Andrew Muir in Our Common heritage, published by the Chilterns area of Natural Beauty.



Primitive Methodist magazine December 1860 page 741 

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 24/05/2015.
Comments about this page

My great grand-parents, Ephraim and Mary BOVINGDON were among the group who helped open this chapel in 1860.  Ephraim remained as Secretary until 1890.  Will send his photo if you like. Regards, Sue Johnson

By Sue Johnson
On 29/03/2016

I've added a bit of detail about the laying of the foundation stone - and a photo of your great grandparents would be welcome Sue.

By Christopher Hill
On 13/02/2018

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