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A brief background of the Chapel by Mrs Cranwell

by | Dec 6, 2017 | Advent 2017, Chapel | 2 comments

Chrishall Chapel year unknown

Methodist Chapel

Built 1862.  “that piece of land containing by estimation twelve perches situate at Crowley End, whereon a cottage in the occupation of Widow Read formally stood, but whereon there has since been erected a Primitive Methodist Chapel.”

The Trustees were admitted tenants on 28th of May, (1862?) the original Trustees were:- Joshua Brand, Joseph Law, John Starr, William Clarke, Thomas Pigg, Robert Brand, William Rodger, James Guiver, Joseph Clarke, Philip Roger, Richard Drayton, James Greenhill, William Barker.

An Indenture dated Jan 2. 1915 records “the purchase of a piece of land for use as a burial ground.”  The purchasers were listed thus: “Cornelius Miller (Assistant Overseer), Oswald Cranwell (Engine Driver), William Ives (farmer), Walter John Pigg (Shoemaker), Robert Chambers (Farmer), Albert Rogers (Builder), Charles Clarke (labourer), William Hubert Brand (Shepherd), Charles Flack (Engine driver), George Enfield Flack (Engine driver), and William Mustill.”

Money for the purchase of the land, and for the building of the chapel was lent by John Starr. This was paid back by regular payments made by a number of dedicated men.  In view of the pitifully low wages, any contribution must have represented a considerable sacrifice. It says much for their zeal and steadfastness that the undertaking was faithfully carried out.

Author: Irene Cranwell


  1. Richard Keeling

    The chapel is now part of Chrishall village hall. I wonder what the original Trustees would make of that.

    • Rosemarie Gant

      And very lovely the hall is too: I would hope the Trustees would at least be pleased that the building is still loved and is very much a central part of the Chrishall community. Perhaps some time we could make a small display board that could be placed in the chapel to tell of it’s history and those who worked so hard to bring it about.


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