SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Cleehill  Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [former] Cleehill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
This rubble-stone wall is all that is left of a chapel at Cleehill. It is clearly marked on old Ordnance Survey maps. However, there is no surviving commemorative plaque. It is possibly the former Wesleyan Methodist chapel erected c. 1784. It was certainly in existence by 1796 when its register of baptisms begins. In 1851 it had 192 free sittings and 120 [rented] sittings and a reported attendance of 200 at their morning service and 250 at their afternoon service, plus 72 Sunday scholars in the 30 March Religious Census of that year. The Ordnance Survey recorded a "disused chapel" here, with its own burial ground surrounding it, in 1883. The building is now (c. 2002) derelict and falling down. There was another Wesleyan chapel in Cleehill afterwards as local newspapers make plain. In July 1901 they reported that "for some years" there had been an "absolute need" for a new chapel and 3 years previouslys a plan was formulated to raise funds for the erection of a substantial building. The foundation stone laying took place on 3 April 1903. It is not yet known exactly where this chapel was.
Grid ref: SO 594756

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