SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Market Drayton Methodist Chapel Market Drayton Methodist Chapel
This is one of a small number of modern chapels in Shropshire. There are in fact two buildings here. The one at the back, at right-angles to the one fronting the street, had its stone laying in February 1975. The chapel which fronts onto Shrewsbury Road, had its stone-laying on 11 May 1985. These buildings replace the former gothic chapel, designed by George Bidlake of Wolverhampton, which stood on this site and was built in 1864. The original Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1808 in Shropshire Street. In 1842 a new gallery was built costing 50. In 1851 this early Wesleyan Methodist chapel had seating for nearly 300 people. There were 152 worshippers at their morning service in March 1851 and 196 at their evening one, plus between 91 and 98 Sunday scholars. Grid ref: SJ 671339.

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