[former] Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Whitchurch
The [former] Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, St.Mary's Street (formerly "Back Street"), Whitchurch

A "newly erected meeting house on the north side of Clay Pit Street" was licensed at the county quarter sessions on 5 October 1790, & was described in other sources as "little" & "in the back yard". Ths first Wesleyan chapel was replaced by the handsome chapel (in the photograph) which was built in 1809-10 at a cost of 1,912, and opened on the 8th July 1810. The chapel was licensed as a place of religious worship at the county quarter sessions on 15th January 1811 by William Batho, John Brereton, John Lowe & Thomas Hesketh. In 1842 the chapel was improved by being repainted and hot water apparatus was installed. In 1851 the chapel (in the photograph) had seating for 490 worshippers. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 250 worshippers at their morning service and 300 at their evening one. In addition they had 129 Sunday scholars. It was described then as "neatly pewed and fitted up with galleries". The building was registered for the solemnization of marriages on 3rd December 1852. It was replaced by a new, gothic chapel erected in St.John's Street in 1879. The original building was used as Whitchurch's main post office for a while, but by 2002 was used for the Whitchurch Heritage Centre which it still is in 2018.
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