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Methodists, Tollard Royal

Methodists, Tollard Royal Date Photo Taken 2012
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Quarter Sessions registrations of Meeting Houses record that on 11th May 1773 and 11th April 1786 the dwelling house of George Green, a Methodist, was certified. Responses to Diocesan Visitation enquiries in 1783 stated that there was a small house in Tollard Royal where Methodist worship took place; no minister was attached to the congregation which was served by a visiting preacher.

A Methodist presence continued in Tollard Royal, as indicated by the certification of the dwelling house of John Rapson, a Wesleyan Methodist on 27 January 1829; this house was apparently served by a Wesleyan minister from Salisbury, James Dunbar. This minister also appeared in a further certification, on 28 November 1829, of the dwelling house of Samuel Sims, a carpenter in Tollard Royal.

The earlier certification of the house of Joseph Green, a labourer, on 2 March 1824
2 March 1824 Tollard Royal did not indicate a religious denomination; however, evidence of non-conformist worship other than Methodist is impossible to determine.

In 1879 a small brick chapel for Primitive Methodists was built; this was part of the Motcombe Primitive Methodist circuit. The chapel closed in 1957.

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