Downicary Methodist Church Launceston Cornwall

PL15 9RU

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Downicary Methodist Church St. Giles on the Heath is permanently closed





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Downicary Methodist Church
St. Giles on the Heath
Launceston, Cornwall PL15 9RU
United Kingdom
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Downicary Methodist Church History

The original Downicary Chapel, erected by Wesleyans in 1815, was the first chapel founded by non-conformists in the Parish and worship at it and its replacement, built in 1861, lasted almost two centuries. At the time of its 150th anniversary in 1965, Spencer Toy of Launcestion did some valuable research into its history and wrote:-

"A Methodist Society was probably formed at Downicary in the second half of the eighteenth century. Tradition has it that John Wesley met the members in the small building, now known as ‘the hen house’, a little way down the field west of the present chapel. This may or may not have been the case. The present writer can find no mention of it in Wesley’s Journal, but, on the other hand, the tradition has survived orally for two hundred years. Wesley might have gone to the place, when travelling eastward after visiting Week St Mary, perhaps in September 1760 or 1762."

An old plan suggests that ‘the hen house’ was the first chapel - even before that erected in 1815. However, 1815 has always been taken as the foundation year, as, on 26th August that year, Francis Northey, described as "a yeoman of Bradwoodwedger", granted a 999 year lease for ten shiilings (and, if demanded, an annual ground rent of one grain of wheat) of "a piece of land at Downeycery", 55 feet in length and 35 feet in breadth, to nine trustees "who are about to erect on the said land so granted a Methodist Chapel which is to be used for the sole purpose of worshipping Almighty God and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ", according to the doctrines expounded in John Wesley’s Notes upon the New Testament and in the volumes of his sermons....

From: https://www.broadwoodwidger-lhs.info/downicary-chapel/

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Downicary Methodist Church listing was last updated on the 21st of March, 2022
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