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HER Number:MDV19367
Name:Methodist Chapel and Hall, Boutport Street, Barnstaple


Site of 19th century Methodist Chapel and Sunday School.


Grid Reference:SS 558 334
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/158

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 18/03/1983, Weslyan Chapel (Photograph). SDV350909.

Gribble, J. B., 1830, Barnstaple (Cartographic). SDV357319.

Methodist Chapel marked (4).

Wood, J., 1843, Plan of the Town of Barnstaple from Actual Survey (Cartographic). SDV91852.

Wesleyan chapel shown on Town Plan of 1843.

J. G. H., 1871, History of Methodism in North Devon, 126 (Monograph). SDV342288.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Site of chapel shown as 'Meth. Chap. (Wes)' on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map with a 'Sunday School' to the northwest and a 'Vicarage' to the southeast.

Gardiner, W. F., 1897, Barnstaple 1837-1897, 100 (Monograph). SDV342286.

Chanter, J. R. + Wainwright, T., 1900, Reprint of the Barnstaple Records, 250 (Monograph). SDV342287.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: North Devon, 47 (Monograph). SDV336196.

Existing building erected by Lander in 1868. Addition in 1905 both grossly Gothic.

Thorne, R., 1978, Chapels of Devon, 59 (Article in Monograph). SDV342282.

Former chapel and sunday school stretch along the street.

Devon County Council, 1981-1982, Wesleyan Chapel in Boutport Street, Films 492 and 523 (Photograph). SDV342285.

North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit, 1986, Interim Report on Small Sites Work, Barnstaple (Report - Interim). SDV90724.

During excavation in 1986 a 17th century drain and sherds of medieval pottery were recovered from the site.

Collings, A. G., 1998, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development at Boutport Street, Barnstaple, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV336400.

Wesleyan chapel, built 1814-15. First service held 13/7/1815 in a building with circa 400 seats. Enlarged 1838. Wood's plan shows the chapel to rear of premises with frontage occupied by small houses. Houses removed in major rebuilding of 1868-9 when chapel was enlarged to give frontage onto Boutport Street. In 1963 the Boutport Street congregation, along with the organ, moved to the Thorne Memorial Chapel in Bear Street. Chapel largely demolished in 1981-2, with only the facade (and that of the adjoining Sunday School) retained to first-floor level. It retains attractive architectural features, notably ornamental ivy-leaf iron hinges on one door but the foundation stone has suffered from erosion.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, Mapping Area 352 (Un-published). SDV351581.

Timms, S. C., 27/11/1982, Weslyan Chapel (Personal Comment). SDV342283.

Chapel and Sunday School almost totally demolished in 1981/82 on the grounds that it was unsafe. Wall retained to first floor level on Boutport Sstreet façade.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82482 ]
SDV336196Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: North Devon. The Buildings of England: North Devon. Paperback Volume. 47.
SDV336400Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 1998. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development at Boutport Street, Barnstaple. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.54. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV342282Article in Monograph: Thorne, R.. 1978. Chapels of Devon. Devon's Traditional Buildings. Unknown. 59.
SDV342283Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 27/11/1982. Weslyan Chapel. Not Applicable.
SDV342285Photograph: Devon County Council. 1981-1982. Wesleyan Chapel in Boutport Street. Photograph (Paper). Films 492 and 523.
SDV342286Monograph: Gardiner, W. F.. 1897. Barnstaple 1837-1897. Barnstaple 1837-1897. Unknown. 100.
SDV342287Monograph: Chanter, J. R. + Wainwright, T.. 1900. Reprint of the Barnstaple Records. Reprint of the Barnstaple Records. II. Unknown. 250.
SDV342288Monograph: J. G. H.. 1871. History of Methodism in North Devon. History of Methodism in North Devon. Unknown. 126.
SDV350909Photograph: Unknown. 18/03/1983. Weslyan Chapel. Sl;ide.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. Mapping Area 352.
SDV357319Cartographic: Gribble, J. B.. 1830. Barnstaple. Frontispiece to Memorials of Barnstaple. a4 single Sheet + Digital.
SDV90724Report - Interim: North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit. 1986. Interim Report on Small Sites Work, Barnstaple. North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV91852Cartographic: Wood, J.. 1843. Plan of the Town of Barnstaple from Actual Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV59659Related to: Malthouse in Boutport Street, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV60865Related to: Stone-Lined Pit near Boutport Street, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV4492Related to: The Old Vicarage, 2 Vicarage Street, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 26 2015 3:17PM