SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Welsh Presbyterian (Calvinistic Methodist) Chapel, Weston Rhyn
Welsh Presbyterian (Calvinistic Methodist) Chapel, Station Road, Weston Rhyn
A congregation of Welsh Calvinistic Methodists was established here c. 1801 and met in the house of the Rev. Daniel Roberts. In 1811 they built a chapel which opened in July of that year. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 54 worshippers at their morning service and 86 at their evening one, plus 59 Sunday scholars in the afternoon. Sixty years after the oringinal chapel was built it was thought to be too small, out of repair and old fashioned. It was decided to build a new one. A plot of land contiguous to the old chapel and adjoining the schoolroom was bought and a new chapel built. The foundation stone on this chapel was laid on Thursday 23rd July 1871 to a design by Mr Spaull of Oswestry and built by Messrs Morris & Chaplin of Oswestry. It was built of cefn stone, measured 40 ft by 27 ft and accommodated about 166 worshippers. It originally had a light spire of woodwork with flying buttresses, the vane on the top being 60 ft from the base. The cost of the site and the building was about 800-900. The chapel opened on Good Friday 31 March 1872. The chapel is believed to be still in use as a place of worship in 2016.
Grid ref: SJ 283357

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