SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Hadnall Primitive Methodist Chapel [former] Hadnall Primitive Methodist Chapel
The first Primitive Methodists were meeting in houses in Hadnall by about 1822. A chapel was built on the Hadnall Road in 1834, and a circuit was established there in 1838. In the 1851 Religious Census (where the chapel is listed under "Astley"), it was reported that the chapel was built in 1834 and had 100 free sittings. There were 68 worshippers at their afternoon service and 38 at the evening service. C. Hulbert in his "History and description of the county of Salop", 1837, page 249, reporting on Hadnall said of the Primitive Methodist chapel "all the seats are free" which was why they "met with so much encouragement". This chapel was sold for 140 so that a new chapel could be built. This small brick chapel (in the photograph), fronting the turnpike road to Shrewsbury was erected in 1862 at a cost of 320. The concluding services for the opening of the new chapel took place on the 19th April 1862. The chapel was 30 feet by 24 feet, and could accomodate 180 worshippers. Mr Walford was the architect and builder, who designed a chapel which was described at the time as "original". It had a beautiful rostrum and sixteen rising pews. It closed c.1950 and was sold c.1953. The building was reported to be disused and empty in 1990. The building collapsed early in 1993 and was being demolished when this photograph was taken in the early 21st century.
Grid ref: SJ 521196
There is a very good drawing of this chapel before it was demolished in "An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses in Central England", Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, (1986), page 195. For a rough sketch of the building, click here.

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