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Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bradenstoke, Lyneham

Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bradenstoke, Lyneham Date Photo Taken 2004
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In 1827 a Primitive Methodist chapel was built at Clack as a result of Samuel Heath's evangelizing activities around Brinkworth. The chapel was registered a year later. In 1851 this chapel, which is a low brick building standing on the north side of the street, had 50 free and 40 other sittings. On a particular Sunday during that year it was estimated that the average general congregation over the past year had numbered 40 in the afternoon and 100 in the evening, while those who occupied separate sittings averaged 30 persons at both afternoon and evening services.

A larger, more substantial building, pictured here, was constructed in 1887 and was able to accommodate up to 150 people. It was built to the east of the first chapel. In 1907, seventeen members were attending and it has remained open.


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