Mapping Methodism – Crantock Wesleyan Chapel

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Crantock is a village approximately two miles southwest of Newquay. It lies to the south of the River Gannel which forms a natural boundary between the parishes of Newquay and Crantock. The River Gannel is tidal and ferries operate on a seasonal basis from Fern Pit to Crantock Beach. The River Gannel runs along Crantock Beach and joins the Atlantic Ocean. The village can be reached from the A3075 road via the junction at Trevemper. This profile of Crantock Wesleyan Chapel has been compiled by Jo Lewis and Tony Mansell.


Although there is no evidence that Wesley ever visited Crantock, services were held in Joseph Prater’s kitchen at Halwyn until the building of the first chapel in 1827.

1827: The first Crantock Wesleyan Chapel (Halwyn) was on Halwyn Hill.

This chapel was probably in use until a replacement chapel was built in 1872.

This chapel then became the Sunday school.

It is grade 2 listed.

It later became a holiday home. (Jo Lewis) “An ideal base for a family party or groups, Rosemaddon is a pretty detached Grade II listed period cottage located in the centre of Crantock. An ideal base for a family party or groups, Rosemaddon is a pretty, detached, Grade II listed period cottage, located in the centre of Crantock. Originally a Methodist Chapel, the spacious accommodation is laid out over two floors, including a Minstrels Gallery over the living room which gives access to the three bedrooms…” (Trip Adviser)

Sunday school. Early C19. Stone rubble and cob painted and rendered. Hipped slurried scantle slate roof with ridge tiles. Plan: Unheated rectangular one-room plan. Exterior: Tall single storey building, with the hipped end to the road blind. The left side has two early C1912-pane sashes and C20 plank door. The right side has two 12-pane sashes. Rear blind. All-windows of C19. Interior: Not inspected. (British Listed Buildings)

The first Wesleyan Chapel (Photo: Jo Lewis)

1872: New Crantock Wesleyan Chapel Built.

1890: Choir gallery added.

1897: Land bought for burial ground.

1905: Crantock Wesleyan Chapel: “… The annual scholars’ treat was held yesterday. The children paraded the village, headed by Foxhole Brass Band, and after tea a musical service was given in the chapel by Newquay Wesleyan Choir. …” (18 May 1905 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)

1866-1907: Trust minutes, trust accounts, pew rents, Crantock Wesleyan Chapel. Trust minutes, 1869-1918, trust accounts at back, 1866-1870 and pew rents, 1879-1907. (Kresen Kernow MRN/440)

1915: Crantock Sunday School Tea Treat

1921-1927: Minutes, Band of Hope, Crantock Wesleyan Chapel. (Kresen Kernow MRN/450)

1924: Crantock Chapel renovated. (Cornubian and Redruth Times – Thursday 02 October 1924)

1924: Crantock Wesleyan Chapel re-opened. (Cornish Guardian – Friday 18 July 1924)

1927-1929: Minutes, Band of Hope, Crantock Wesleyan Chapel. (Kresen Kernow MRN/451)

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

1932: Became Crantock Methodist Church.

1965: Pipe organ installed.

1971: Another interesting page gives the labour costs and cartage of materials for building the New Crantock Chapel in 1872. Labour charges for each man were 2s. per day, but someone called Silas Stephens only got 1s. 8d. (Cornish Guardian – Thursday 01 April 1971)

The second Wesleyan Chapel (Photo: Jo Lewis)

1984: Chapel modernised.

1987: Accounts, Chapel improvement scheme, Crantock Methodist Church (Kresen Kernow MRN/629)

Postcard, pulpit and screen, Crantock Chapel. (Kresen Kernow AD389/37)

Methodist chapel. Local rubble with granite dressings under a rag slate roof. Classical style with pediment to front end and round-arched openings. Tripartite porch at the front probably later C19. Insensitive late C20 alteration and extension detract from an otherwise fine building. (Cornwall Council Heritage Gateway)

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