SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Congregational Chapel, Maesbury Marsh [former] Congregational [latterly United Reformed Church] Chapel, Maesbury
This chapel was erected in 1868-9 at a cost of 900 (which included the chapel, chapel houses and land) to a design by W. H. Spaull of Oswestry. The foundation stone was laid on Monday 1st June 1868 by that doyen of chapel openings Thomas Barnes of the Quinta. The chapel held its first service on Friday 16th April 1869. The chapel celebrated its first anniversary on Sunday 15th May 1870. The chapel closed in 1985 and has since been demolished. The congregation published a centenary booklet, 1868-1968, a copy of which is in Shropshire Archives.
It replaced a former chapel which had been built in 1855 (which can just be seen in the right of the photograph). This chapel was opened on 26th October 1855. The debt on the chapel had been reduced to 26 within a year.
The congregation met previously at Gwern-y-brenin in a chapel erected in 1831 which held its opening service on Good Friday, 1st April, of that year. In the 1851 Religious Census there were 17 worshippers at their afternoon service and 27 at their evening one, plus 16 Sunday scholars in the afternoon. This chapel was sold in 1855 & the fittings were transferred to the new chapel at Maesbury.
Grid ref: SJ 311252

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