SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Craven Arms Primitive Methodist Chapel [former] Primitive Methodist Chapel, Market Street, Craven Arms
The foundation stones of the chapel in Market Street were laid on Wednesday 3rd December 1879. It was described at the time as "partly of Gothic and partly of Italian design" and built of "red and blue pressed bricks with box stone dressings". The architect was Mr James Hine of Ludlow and the builder was Mr Charles Weale of Seifton. It was designed to hold 150 worshippers and built at a cost of about £460. The windows were of partly cathedral glass and partly ground glass & the roof was of Portmadoc slate. The seats & wainscot was of red deal with mahagony capping. The rostrum was of varnished red deal & the interior walls were stucoed. The chapel was registered for the solemnization of marriages in 1907. The chapel closed in the mid 20th century and was sold in 1951 and has had several different uses since then. The front of the building has been totally altered and no longer bears any resemblance to its original appearance. For a photograph showing the side of the building with its original windows, click here.
Grid ref: SO 434826
There is a photograph of the front of the chapel as it was built, in Shropshire Archives.


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