SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Welsh Presbyterian (Calvinistic Methodist) Chapel, Weston Rhyn [former] Welsh Presbyterian (Calvinistic Methodist) Chapel, Station Road, Weston Rhyn [also known as "The Lodge"]
A congregation of Welsh Calvinistic Methodists was established here by about 1800 and met in the house of the Rev. Daniel Roberts. In 1811 they built a "plain & unadorned" chapel at a cost of £400-500 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. The chapel was registered for the solemnization of marriages on the 22nd July 1854. In 1859 the chapel was re-pewed and painted at a cost of £90. 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 (described as dis-used in 1877) and adjoining the schoolroom was bought and a new chapel built. The foundation stone on this chapel was laid on Thursday 20th July 1871 to a design by W. H. 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. Under the foundation stone was a bottle containing "Hyfforddwr a Chyffes Ffydd, Y Drysorfa, Trysorfa y Plant, Y Goleuad," a local newspaper and a parchment containing an account of the erection of the building. The cost of the building was £806, of which £350 was expected to be raised before opening. The chapel originally had a light spire of woodwork with flying buttresses, the vane on the top being 60 ft from the base, which was struck by lightning and destroyed, believed to be sometime in the 1980s. The chapel opened on Good Friday 31st March 1872. The remaining debt on the chapel in 1877 was £400. On the 10th December 1877 the chapel was licensed for the solemnization of marriages "being substituted for another building known by the same name, now disused." The chapel held its last service on 30 December 2018 & has now closed. The building was offered for sale in November 2019.
Grid ref: SJ 283357
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