In 2022, Geoffrey Goodman, Southampton District Archivist and Local Preacher Secretary, completed a project he had been working on for twenty years, to identify all the chapels of the Methodist Connexion going back to early days. The complete project, in three large folders and in paper format, is now with the Museum of Methodism, City Road, London.
Geoffrey has now digitised the files and you can access them here by clicking on the District link below.
The chapel listings are organised in Methodist Districts and, within each District, in Circuits (local co-operating groups). For each chapel the table records:
- whether it was still open in November 2022 – shown by a pale blue background or a pink square at the start of the line;
- whether it was formerly Wesleyan (W), United Methodist (U), or Primitive Methodist (P) – shown by colour coding;
- notes and records of the chapel and its predecessors, including those where the National Archives (NA) index tells you where the notes and records are kept;
- whether the chapel appears (as of November 2022) on one of the Methodist Community Archive websites – My Wesleyan Methodists (MWM), My United Methodists (MUM) or My Primitive Methodists (MPM);
- in the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly District, whether a chapel was formerly Bible Christian (BC)
|Chapel||W (Wesleyan)||U (United)||P (Primitive)||Notes||MPM/ MWM/ MUM|
|open chapels shown on blue|
As the tables show, many of these chapels have a page on one of Methodist Community Archive websites – and new pages are being added all the time The easiest way to find the page is to use the “Search the network” box at the top of each web page. If you find out more for that chapel, add a comment to the chapel’s page. If there isn’t a page for a chapel, add one with any information you find.
The District lists are available here in pdf format, for ease of access. It is planned to also make them available as spreadsheet files so they can be used more flexibly.
Maps for each Circuit in each District will be added to this group of pages as they are digitised.
As Geoffrey says, whether or not the project is complete, only time will tell!