Wesleyan Methodist Chapels
This is the second chapel to be built in Burbage. The original chapel lies down a narrow lane leading from the church to the school playing fields. It was built in 1823 and remained in use until this fine structure opened in June 1907. For many years the school rooms at the back were home to the Scouts and the Burbage Playgroup. The cost of maintenance and dwindling numbers of attendees led to it closing in June 1996 and since 1998 has belonged to my wife and I.
Looking pristine circa 1910
The Original Chapel built 1823. This view is as it is in 1998. After closure it was used by the Church of England Mens Society (CEMS) until they disbanded shortly after WW1. The newly formed Womens Institute then rented it until 1963 when they were asked to buy it by the Methodists. This they refused to do and de-camped to the British Legion. The building was used as a carpet shop for a while before being converted into the small cottage we see today.
©Colin Younger 1998/2008