SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Wollerton Congregational (now U.R.C.) Chapel Wollerton Congregational (now U.R.C.) Chapel
Jonathan Scott and others licensed a house in Wollerton for religious worship on 9th February 1791. Ten years later, a small Independent chapel seating 120, with a manse, "situated on rising ground not far from the turnpike road from Hodnet to Market Drayton" was built 1800-1, at the expence of the Rev. Jonathan Scott and his wife. The building was licensed at the county quarter sessions in July 1801. In 1851 it was described as "small". On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 50 worshippers at their morning service and 35 at their evening one. In May 1866 it was decided to rebuild the chapel and manse. The memorial stone of the new chapel (in this photograph) was laid on Friday 26 July 1867 by Thomas Barnes of the Quinta, patron of Congregational chapels. The new brick chapel, built at a cost of £1,000 was opened on Tuesday 7th April 1868. The building holds 200 hearers, and has a burial ground attached. The east end has a "wheel" window by Thomas Huxley of Malpas, the architect of the chapel. An organ chamber was erected in 1895. The old chapel was partly re-used for building a schoolroom and for additions to the manse. The chapel was still in use in 2016 but by 2020 may have closed.
Grid ref: SJ 620304.

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