SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Presbyterian Church of Wales (English) Chapel, Llanymynech
Presbyterian Church of Wales (English) Chapel, Chapel Lane, Llanymynech
About 1849 a plot of land 48' by 39' was bought for 40. However, the chapel was not built until 1864. The foundation stones of the chapel were laid by Edmund Cleaton, J.P. of Llanidloes, on Friday 3 June 1864. Under the foundation stones were placed two bottles containing a roll of parchment, coins, the "Shrewsbury Chronicle", the "Oswestry Advertiser", a confession of faith and the Welsh magazine "Drysorfa". The chapel was designed by W. H. Spaull of Oswestry (who invited tenders for its construction in March 1864) & built by Mr Whitson of Wolverhampton. The cost of the building was 338. It was built of Sweeney stone with red bands & arches and Bath stone dressings, & measured 36 ft x 27 ft internally. The chapel is unusual in that it has a small tower & slate spire 45' high. The chapel's opening servies were held on the 26th & 27th October following. The average congregation in 1865 was reported to be 150 worshippers. An appeal for 2000 shillings [i.e. 100] was made in 1866 which, if successful, would free the chapel of its debt. In July 1867 it was reported that the debt would be soon swept away, as earlier that year the "Harvest Collection" amounting to 88 6s. 9d. was awarded to the chapel. There is a later brick extension at the back. The chapel is still in use in 2020. The chapel is just over the border into Wales, but has been included here as Llanymynech is a Shropshire parish.
Grid ref: SJ 267207

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