Village Chapels (Paperback)Pauline Ashbridge (author)
Paperback 98 Pages / Published: 05/12/2003
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Rural chapels survive in their thousands throughout England, evidenced in stone and brick of the activities and beliefs of generations of local Dissenting congregations. "Village Chapels: Some Aspects of Rural Methodism in the East Cotswolds and South Midlands 1800-2000" examines the largely unknown history of 35 Methodist chapels in 23 Cotswolds and Midlands villages from the early 19th century on. Those now converted to other uses are almost all still recognisable as former chapels; a minority are still active. Some of their early congregations were persecuted physically by local people. Almost all struggled to raise funds to build and then to run their chapels. Architecturally, the book concludes, these rural buildings fall into four broad categories - the earliest being usually small, simple and cottage-like (but with an occasional striking tall red-brick chapel), while later designs had distinctly Victorian Gothic-Revival features. Reasons for the phenomenal growth of Methodist 'New Dissent' (and its subsequent subdivision into - in this area - Wesleyan, Primitive and Reform churches) are discussed. The bulk of the book is, however, a detailed historical study of people (farmers, tradesmen, shopkeepers, agricultural labourers) and their 35 chapels.
Publisher: Kershaw Publishing
Number of pages: 98
Dimensions: 205 x 147 mm
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