[former]  Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Lightmoor, Dawley [former] Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Lightmoor, Dawley
A Methodist New Connexion meeting had been held at Lightmoor since 1849 & in 1864-5 this long-awaited chapel was built. The foundation stone was laid on Monday 15th August 1864 and it opened on the 9th April 1865, and seated about 130 people. It was described at the time as "neat & commodious" and also as "though comparatively small, is a neat structure". The locals called the chapel "Fat Bacon" on account of members keeping pigs to raise money for the building of the chapel. The chapel was renovated in 1888 and again in 1896, when they also hoped to clear the chapel debt when celebrating the MNC's centenary. The chapel closed c. 1938 but was still standing in 1967 but was demolished in 1972.

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This original painting is reproduced by kind permission of the Methodist Church, Dawley Christian Centre from a photograph by Maurice Coleman. © Methodist Church, Dawley 2005

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