OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 19, 2016.
Webpage updated: February 19, 2016

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KER STREET WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL

The Ker Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was situated at the top end of Ker Street, behind the Town Hall.

It was the first place of worship for the Wesleyans in Plymouth-Dock when it was opened in 1787.   It bore a stone carved with the date of 1785, which appears to be when the congregation was started.

The site was hewn out of the side of what was at that time called Windmill Hill and it was at first known as the Windmill Hill Chapel.  John Wesley is said to have preached at the Chapel on at least three occasions.

Originally there was a small house next door in which the minister lived but by 1919 this had become the caretaker's residence.

The building was sold as part of a scheme started in December 1924 to reorganise Methodism in Devonport.  It was at that time that some Americans sought to purchase the pulpit from which John Wesley had preached.  Fortunately there were problems over the shipment of it to the United States and it was placed in the Devonport Methodist Central Hall in Fore Street, which replaced both this Chapel and the Morice Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

It was later used as a Territorial Army drill hall until it was demolished in 1961.