Mapping Methodism – Perranwell Wesleyan Chapel (Perranzabuloe)

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Perranwell is a hamlet near Goonhavern on the Chiverton Cross to Newquay Road. This profile of Perranwell Wesleyan Chapel has been compiled by Tony Mansell.


1843: Perranwell Wesleyan Chapel built. (Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society / Cornwall Council Mapping)

There was seating for 150. (David Easton)

1843: Perranwell Wesleyan Sunday School established.

1867: Perranwell Wesleyan Sunday School built. (Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society / Cornwall Council Mapping)

1902: “The opening of the new choir seat at Perranwell Wesleyan Church on Saturday drew a large gathering. It is a great improvement and presents better appearance altogether to the interior…” (Royal Cornwall Gazette – Thursday 8 May 1902)

Perranwell School & Wesleyan Chapel Circa 1910 (Photo: courtesy Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society)

1910 circa: Perranwell Tea Treat (Photo courtesy Lynette Duckham / Derek Brooks – Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society)

1924: “Perranwell Wesleyan Church was reopened on Friday afternoon after renovation. In the afternoon Divine service was conducted by the Rev. Frank Edwards, Newquay. In the evening a crowded public meeting was held, presided over by Mr. C. J. Cooke, Redruth, supported by the Revs. Frank Edwards and Paul Ellis, the superintendent of the Gwennap circuit. Stirring and practical addresses were delivered by the Chairman and the Rev. Frank Edwards Mr C T Beard announced, on behalf of the trustees, that after only nine weeks effort £143 had been raised by members of the congregation toward the renovation, and the work installing the new heating apparatus would commence at once, calling for further effort…” (Cornubian and Redruth Times – Thursday 18 September 1924)

1932: The Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist and the United Methodist Church amalgamated to become the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

1932: Re-named Perranwell Methodist Church. (SW Churches)

“Perranwell, like other chapels in the district, always had a tea treat once a year, a local brass band would lead the children marching to Silverbow then back through the village to the foot of Church Hill and returning to Kernick Ellery’s field for saffron buns and hot tea.The water was boiled in iron urns with polished brass taps,standing on a brandis under which the furzy sticks gave a good blaze to boil the water quickly. A great treat for the children was Mrs Buscumbe’s sweet stall,one had a feast for a penny 1 Then to end the day following the band once again in the ‘Serpentine Walk’, the march would begin in a large circle and the band would lead round and round to the centre then out again,of course Perranwell Sunday School Banner,now at Perranzabuloe Museum would be carried in front of the band when the marches took place.” (Derek Brooks)

1948: Letter, deeds of chapel, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. (Kresen Kernow MRN/586)

1964: Letter, sale, temporary schoolroom and land, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. (Kresen Kernow MRN/587)

1986: Perranwell Methodist Church closed. (SW Churches)

Dec 1986: Programme, final service, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. (Kresen Kernow MRN/382)

May-Aug 1987: Correspondence, planning permission approval, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. Between Planning Department, Carrick District Council, Truro and Miller and Co., Estate Agents, Truro. With site plans and ground plans for proposed conversion into two residential units. (Kresen Kernow MRN/1184)

Jun-Nov 1987: Correspondence, planning permission approval, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. Between Miller and Co., Estate Agents, Truro and the Newquay, Perranporth and St Agnes Methodist Circuit. (Kresen Kernow MRN/1185)

Jul-Oct 1987: Correspondence, disposal of funds and assets, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. File of Mr D R Skinner, Sunnyside, Mithian, St Agnes, Circuit Steward. £1000 donated towards the installation of the Perranwell organ in Rose Chapel, Perranzabuloe from the former Perranwell renovation fund. (Kresen Kernow MRN/1186)

Oct-Nov 1987: Correspondence, alleged right of way, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. Between the Newquay, Perranporth and St Agnes Methodist Circuit and Stephens and Scown, solicitors, Truro. Right of way of Mr and Mrs J M Bailey over strip of land adjoining chapel premises. (Kresen Kernow MRN/1187)

Nov 1987-Feb 1988: Sale correspondence, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. Between the Circuit and Frank and Caffin, solicitors, Truro. Includes copy conveyance of 9 December 1965 of piece of land 27 feet 6 inches by 40 feet 6 inches with wooden hut erected thereon by the Trustees to Raymond Ellery of Lyndale, Goonhavern. (Kresen Kernow MRN/1188)

15 Jan 1988: Sale catalogue, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. Sold by Miller and Co. at Lemon Quay Auction Rooms, Truro. (Kresen Kernow MRN/11890)

Jan-Feb 1988: Correspondence, completion of sale, Perranwell Methodist Church, Perranzabuloe. From Frank and Caffin, solicitors, Truro to D R Skinner, Mithian, Circuit Steward. (Kresen Kernow MRN/1190)

1988: Building sold. (SW Churches)

Perranwell Chapel and Sunday School Easter 2006 (Photo: courtesy Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society) “The chapel on the left was built in 1843 and the Sunday school, which was an extension of the chapel, on the right, was built in 1867 but just to confuse us the plaque on the building which was the extension says Chapel.” (Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society)

Two gable-end fronts with round date plaques, Killas rubble with brick arches and brick plaque frames. Cobbled entrance court with pattern of hearts. This was a really interesting example and listed grade II but now converted to a house and altered so no longer listed. (Cornwall Council Mapping)

Perranwell Sunday School banner is held at Perranzabuloe Museum.

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