[former] Butlers Bank Primitive Methodist Chapel, Shawbury
Butlers Bank was first missioned by Primitive Methodist preachers in 1824; meetings were held in the house of Samuel Grindley, then in the house of Thomas Higginson. Eventually this little chapel with a small graveyard was built & opened in the summer of 1843. In 1851 it had free seating for 70 people and rented seating for 40. At their three services on Census Sunday, 30 March 1851, they had 30, 74, & 60 attenders. There were no reported Sunday scholars. In that year they were said to have had 49 members. The chapel was enlarged in 1859, 8 yards by 3 yards, and rising pews installed, and the chapel was re-opened on 10th July of that year. Improvements were made to the building in 1864 when two new pews, a platform and 4 suspended lamps were installed at a cost of about £30, by which time the chapel was free of debt. In June 1887 the memorial stones of a new Sabbath chool were laid. The building was registered for the solemnization of marriages on 7th April 1897. The chapel closed in the late 1950s, and was sold c. 1964. It has now been converted to a house and is unrecognisable as a former chapel. This is a photograph of the chapel as it used to be.
Grid ref: SJ 584226