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Primitive Methodist Chapel

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The Purton Stoke Sunday School was instituted in October 1788.

First Year's Subscriptions

Rev Dr. Maskelyne ......1 1 0
Mr. William Large ........1 1 0
Mr Jonas Bathe ................6 0
Mr Joseph Large ..............5 0
Mr Sutton .........................5 0
Mr Sadler .........................5 0
Mr Richard Packer ...........5 0
Rev. M Prower ..............1 1 0
........................................4 9 0

For Mrs Worldly for one year's teaching
the children of Purton Stoke from
Oct 12 1788 to Oct 4 1789 (52 Sundays)................ 2 12 0
To Dr. for Xtmas day and Good Friday....................... 2 0
To Dr for firing for the winter half year .....................13 0
For a present allowed by the subscribers Mrs Worldly 5 0
To books i.e. 2 prayer books,
4 testaments spelling and other small books .................7 6
...................................................................................3 19 6
Balance in hand towards next year ................................9 6

The last entry in the record book is:

Thirty first year here brought to Lady day 1820

Mr Maskelyne..................... 1.1.0
Mr Joseph Large...................15.0
Mr Charles Large.................1.1.0
Mr John Large......................1.0.0
Mr Benjamin Large...............10.0
Mr Samuel Large.....................7.6
Mr John Large "Sykes".........10.0
Mr S Sadler...........................1.1.0
Mrs Sutton...............................7.6
Mr Robt Sheppard...................5.0
Mr Holliday.............................5.0
Mr Charles Seymour...............5.0
.............................................7.8.0


The Purton Stoke Society
was formed in the year 1830 (approx.) In February 1832 a site opposite the old Post Office was obtained from Mr. JONAS BATHE and a chapel costing £160 was built to seat 84 people. With a membership of 26 the heavy debt of £150 became a burden. However with great determination on the part of Messrs. W. & J. RUMMEY, CLARK, HEWER, R. TITCOMBE, and A. STEPHENS in 1857 the debt was all paid off.
In 1868 it was decided to move to another site and this building was pulled down and the materials used to build the present chapel. It is said that the local "Gents" who had horses were unwilling to lend them, so the members them-selves loaded up the bricks and with a whoop and a shout and a "glory" the "human horses" rushed them up the little hill on to the building site.
The present building holds 140 and cost £273 of which £98 was left as a debt in 1868 when it was opened. Land for the present Schoolroom was bought in 1905 at a cost of £25. In March 1907 there were 76 members and 106 Sunday school scholars.
The average number in the congregation at the present day is 27 with this figure being more than doubled on special occasions. A friendly, family spirit prevails within th3 church and no one is allowed to leave a service without a handshake or a friendly "word", unless of course he sits in the back seat and makes a quick get-a-way. In 1957 overhead electrical heating was installed and the coke stove removed which has resulted in a much cleaner look, which the voluntary rota of lady cleaners carefully preserve.
History of the Society from Old Plans
1844 Purton Stoke had PROTRACTED MEETING i.e. every evening from 25 Feb. to 1st March. Sunday Services 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday evenings J. HASKINS, local preacher preached at Purton Stoke
1849 ... Highworth Circuit Plan. J. HASKINS shown as Auxiliary - and at Purton Stoke
1856 ... Purton Stoke. Sunday services 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday evenings at 7. Only local preacher Mr. Archelous STEPHENS
1857 ... Revival meeting 19th April with 4 preachers Weekday meetings now Wednesdays
1860 ... Sundays now at 2 and 5.30 (winter quarter) Friday evenings 7pm. Local preachers Mr. Archelaus STEPHENS, T. EDWARDS
1862 ... Purton Stoke Sunday School Anniversary 1st June
1863 ... Sunday School Anniversary 28 June Tea Meeting 22 June
1864 ... Purton Stoke Chapel Anniversary Oct. 2nd
1877 ... Society Steward W. WHEELER. Missionary Meeting 1st March. Chapel Anniversary 23rd September Local preachers R. GRIMES, B. HASKINS, C. TROTMAN
Extracts from the Centenary Booklet 1868-1968
.... It was sold in 2012 and is now a private residence.