Mapping Methodism – Silverwell Primitive Methodist Chapel

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Silverwell is a scattered village in the Parish of St Agnes. The Primitive chapel opened in 1842. This profile of Silverwell Primitive Chapel has been compiled by Clive Benney & Tony Mansell.


Build date unknown.

Silverwell Primitive Methodist chapel is recorded on the 1st and 2nd Edition 1:2500 1880 and 1907 Maps. It is not shown on the current Mastermap. (Cornwall Heritage Gateway)

1827: “… a reference to a house licensed at Silver Hill by the Primitives.” (1)

There seems to be no evidence that this Silver Hill relates to Silverwell.

1841 to 1883: Society active. (1)

1841 – October: William Driffield notes: “I preached at Silverwell and found 16 members.” (1)

1842: Chapel for 208 people opened at the bottom of a field on Mount Pleasant Farm. “There were formerly many houses in the area which have also disappeared.” (1) In the lane that runs beside the Wesleyan Chapel.

1871: “SILVERWELL PRIMITIVE METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL. On Saturday, the teachers and scholars formed in pro- cession and perambulated the neighbourhood, beaded by a band. They then proceeded to a field, belonging J to Mr J. Harris, where tea was partaken of by children, teachers, and neighbours. In the evening a public meeting was held, ably presided over by Mr T. Rowe, of Silverwell. Interesting and appropriate addresses were delivered by the Rev P. Maddox, R. Thomas, and S. Chenoweth, of Wheal Busy. During the meeting a dialogue on “Scandling My Neighbours” was recited by six female teachers and elicited great applause.” (Royal Cornwall Gazette – Saturday 05 August 1871)

1883: Closed when John Harris purchased it for five pounds and furniture kept for connexional use. (1)

Building not extant.


  • “Primitive Methodism in Cornwall” by J C C Probert








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