SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Upper Hayton Primitive Methodist Chapel [former] Upper Hayton Primitive Methodist Chapel.
This chapel, built of stone with polychrome brick dressings, was erected in 1877 and opened on Sunday October 21st of that year. The builders of the chapel were Messrs B. & W, Weale of Ludlow. The commemorative stone has the inscription "PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL Erected MDCCCLXXVII" on it. It replaced an earlier chapel opened on 12th August 1838. The hamlet had been missioned by the Primitive Methodists since 1835, & were offered land, the stone & some labour by Mr Hardwick. In 1851 it was said to have 90 sittings and free space for 20. There was an attendance of 90 worshippers at their evening service on Census Sunday in March 1851. The 1877 chapel was de-registered as a place of worship on 24th January 1980. By 2002 the 1877 chapel (in the photograph) was, sadly, totally derelict. Half the floor was missing, there was a large hole in the roof and there were trees growing out of the front step. A view of the interior shows just how much the building has deteriorated in the last 30 years.
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Grid ref: SO 518809

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