The first Primitive Methodist chapel ( image 1) was erected in Church Road (now St Monica’s Road), Sholing in 1856. It was a small single-storey building capable of accommodating 120 people. It was replaced by a new chapel in South East Road in 1876 (image 2). The original chapel was used as a Salvation Army meeting hall until 1928 and is still in use today as a meeting hall. The chapel in South East Road was sold to British Gas in 1969 for use as a store and was demolished soon after. The congregation joined with Hightown Methodist Church to build the new St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Butt’s Road in 1968-69.

1. Sholing Primitive Methodist Church

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The original church, photographed in c.1910

2. Sholing Primitive Methodist Church

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The new church, built in 1876, can be seen on the far left of this photograph.


Further reading:
The Story of St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sholing, by Jim Brown, p27-50. (HS/j)


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