SHROPSHIRE NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Prees Primitive Methodist Chapel
Prees Primitive Methodist Chapel
The foundation stones of this chapel, which has no datestone, were laid on Tuesday 5th April 1892. The tender by the builder Mr R. Powell for 679 was accepted. The chapel opened on the 29th September of that year & celebrated its centenary in 1992. The building was registered for the solemnization of marriages on 11th October 1893. The old chapel was to be taken down and "all good materials used in the new one". It is still in use by the Methodist Church in 2020, having been joined by the United Reformed Church in recent years.
Primitive Methodist missionaries had begun preaching in Prees c. 1824, but it was not until 1843 that a piece of land was given by Mr S. Ward to build a chapel on. It was opened in 1844, and was 23ft 9inches long & 18ft wide, and had 3 large circular-headed windows. After the opening services the debt remaining was 60. In 1851 there were 40 worshippers at their morning service and 80 at their afternoon service. This remained their chapel until the new one was built in 1892.
Grid ref: SJ 554335

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