SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Madeley
Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Park Street, Madeley
Bethesda Chapel was built in 1859-60 by the Methodist New Connexion. The foundation stone was laid on the 7th November 1859, the land for the chapel having been bought about four years before. The first service held at the new chapel took place on the 6th June 1860. The total cost of the land and the chapel was 330. The chapel measured 40 ft by 29 ft, and could accommodate about 250 worshippers. The chapel closed c. 1907 and was converted into the "Parkhurst" cinema in October 1910. Operated by Mr Dicky Bowers & Mr Richard Clarke, it was one of the earliest in the Midlands. It was later called the West End cinema and the Regent cinema. After the cinema closed in 1959, it was, for some time an engineering works and is now a private house. For later views of the chapel, click here: 1, and here: 2, and here: 3

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