OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 19, 2016
Webpage updated: September 06, 2018

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MILLBRIDGE PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL

The Millbridge Methodist Chapel was located on the south side of Hotham Place, on the corner with Victoria Avenue. 

From circa 1871 the Primitive Methodists had used premises at the back of Fellowe's Place but by 1877 this had become so dilapidated that the congregation decided to  erect their own place of worship.  Three memorial stones were laid on the afternoon of Wednesday June 6th 1877, the first by the Reverend Charles Wilson, of the Sherwell Congregational Chapel in Plymouth, assisted by the Reverend and Mrs G Cook, the Chapel's Superintendent, and the others by Mr and Mrs Thorning and Miss Richards, who played the harmonium for the hymn singing.  The money placed on top of the stones amounted to about 72.  Built in the Gothic style, the Chapel was constructed of local wrought limestone with Bath stone dressings around the doors, window-cills and the ornamental heads with capitals.

Millbridge Primitive Methodist Chapel was dedicated on Tuesday November 27th 1877, only six months after the foundation stone had been laid.  The architect was a Mr Wonnacott of Farnham, Surrey, and the building was completed a month earlier than expected by Mr Thomas Jenkin of Devonport.  The total cost of the Chapel was 600.

The front has a tracery window worked in Bath stone.  The roof is of Welsh blue slate with ornamental ridge tiles.  The building is 41 feet long by 31 feet in breadth and it is 40 feet to the ridge of the roof.  The side windows are glazed diamonds and square alternately.  The pews of varnished Baltic yellow deal could seat 250 comfortably and 300 in maximum.

A church hall was added in 1895.