[former] Primitive Methodist Chapel, Castle Hill, Whitchurch
This former chapel was bought by the Masons in 1972 and became the "North Shropshire Masonic Rooms" which it still is (2016). The chapel in the photograph was built in 1866 (on a site adjoining their former chapel), to a design by Mr Denham of Wem and built by Messrs Powell of Prees. The foundation stone laying took place on Wednesday 13th June. It opened for worship on the 16th December 1866 . It measured 45 ft long & 33 ft wide and had a gallery, platform & 17 windows, and seating for 500 worshippers and was built at a cost of about £700-£800. It replaced a former chapel, which in the 1851 census return was described as having been erected in 1840, when the chapel had seating for 164 worshippers. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 99 worshippers at their afternoon service and 62 at their evening one. In addition there were 29 children at their Sunday School.
Grid ref: SJ 541415.