[former] Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, High Street, Bishop's Castle
The Wesleyans had been holding meetings in various locations in Bishop's Castle for 8 years before this chapel was built. The site was presented by Mr Griffiths of Clunbury. The foundation stone of the chapel was laid on Wednesday 8th August 1866 by John Norton. A bottle was placed under the stone, which contained local newspapers, the names of the trustees, circuit ministers and stewards, a plan of the Knighton Circuit and a programme of the day's proceedings. The chapel was of red brick with Bath stone facings, & was gratuitously designed in the "Italian style" byThomas Roberts of Trentham, architect & surveyor to the Duke of Sutherland. It was built by Mr Puch of Bishop's Castle at an estimated cost of £400. The chapel was renovated in 1879, & again in 1903 and then had a new American organ & re-opened on 2 December of that year. The building was registered for the solemnization of marriages on 5th March 1888. The chapel is no longer in use for religious purposes. It has been greatly altered since its closure. The building has had a new front added to the old front, which covers the forecourt of the old chapel. The building has been refenestrated on all sides. It is just possible to see the original pediment above the top of the new front, plus the stone quoin at the left-hand side of the original front wall.
To see an old map of the area showing the location of the former chapel, click here.
Grid ref: SO323888