SHROPSHIRE NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Oswestry Primitive Methodist chapel Primitive Methodist Chapel, Oswestry
There was an intention to build a new chapel as early as October 1889, but they had to wait until 1898 for work to begin. The new chapel was situated at the corner of Castle Street and Chapel Street, and its foundation stone was laid on 16 June 1898. The chapel opened on Thursday 23rd March 1899. It was designed by Mr J. D. Mould of Manchester and built by Jabez Higgins of Oswestry. The stained glass was made by Mr J. Davies of Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. The chapel with seating for 430 people, with its adjoining Sunday Schools (which were built in 1890) cost a total of 3548. The chapel is still in use in 2019 (but was under repair in 2003 when this photograph was taken). For a view of one of the foundation stones, click here. There are a number of other commemorative stones but these are largely illegible now. For a recent view of the chapel minus its scaffolding, click here. For a view of the chapel from another angle, click here. There is an excellent sepia photograph of the chapel being built in 1898-9 in the "Shropshire Magazine", October 2006, page 47.
This chapel replaced Oswestry's previous Primitive Methodist chapel, called "Ebenezer", which was built on the same site in 1840, and was described in 1851 as "a neat and convenient building".

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