Mapping Methodism – Relubbus Wesleyan Chapel

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Relubbus is a hamlet in the parish of St Hilary on the B3280 road between Townshend and Goldsithney; the River Hayle runs through Relubbus. This profile of Relubbus Wesleyan Chapel has been compiled by Jo Lewis and Tony Mansell.


Wesleyan chapel now converted to house and altered. Roughly faced granite brought to course under original scantle slate roof with shaped barge boards to front gable. Symmetrical 2-window front with gable oculus and recessed plaque inscribed “Wesleyan Methodist Church 1875”. Original gabled porch with original scantle slate roof and shaped barge boards and round-arched doorway. Forecourt walls with low granite coped road-frontage wall and cruciform-headed granite gate-piers. (Cornwall Council Heritage Gateway)

1875: Build date. (Cornwall Council Heritage Gateway / Plaque)

The chapel was built as a Wesleyan chapel. (SWChurches)

Part of Marazion Wesleyan circuit. (SWChurches)

1896: “RELUBBUS. The Goldsithney Wesleyan choir gave a service-of-song, “Hump and all,” in the Wesleyan chapel, on Sunday afternoon, to a large congregation: proceeds to help to clear-off a debt on the harmonium recently purchased. Mr. Stephen Thomas was reader and Miss Floyd presided at the harmonium.” (Cornishman – Thursday 02 April 1896)

1919: “Relubbus Wesleyan Chapel, built about 1870, was re-opened on Sunday after rather extensive interior renovation…” (Cornishman – Wednesday 20 August 1919)

1905-1928: Minutes and accounts, Sunday School, Relubbus Wesleyan Chapel, St Hilary. Minutes, 1906-1927; accounts, 1905-1928. (Kresen Kernow MRMZ/30)

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

1932: Became known as Relubbus Methodist Church. (SWChurches)

Part of Marazion Methodist Circuit. (SWChurches)

1932: “… A procession, headed by the superintendents Mrs. A. J. Crebo and Mr. Charles Allen and Penzance Silver Band, marched up and down the village to Relubbus Lane, and returned to the chapel, where buns and tea were served to the scholars. …” (30 June 1932 – Cornishman)

1940: Seating for 200. (David Easton, Methodist Minister and historian)

May 1982: Last service.

1982: Closed. (David Easton, Methodist Minister and historian)

1983 to 1987: Closed. (SWChurches)

Converted to dwelling. (David Easton, Methodist Minister and historian)

it is now a private residence and beautifully converted although the original long windows have gone.

Relubbus Wesleyan Chapel (Photo: Jo Lewis)

Relubbus Wesleyan Chapel (Photo: Paul Phillips)

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