Mapping Methodism – Horse Down(s) Wesleyan Chapel

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Horse Downs Chapel is near Leedstown and not far from the St Aubyn, Clowance Estate.


A Wesleyan Methodist chapel is recorded on the 1st and 2nd Edition 1:2500 1880 and 1907 OS Maps to the south of the settlement of Horsedowns. (Cornwall Council Heritage Gateway)

1806: Built as a Wesleyan chapel. (Checklist of Chapels in the Hayle Circuit – 31st August 1961)

Horsedowns Methodist Chapel with its 1862 build date (Photo: Paul Phillips)

1845: Built as a Wesleyan chapel. (SWChurches)

1862: Build date. (Plaque)

Replacement Chapel built. (Checklist of Chapels in the Hayle Circuit – 31st August 1961)

1879: “At Horse Downs tea, on Saturday, the Mullion Band was well received while the Mammoth School tea at Carleen, on the same day, Helston Rifle Band performed a capital selection…” (7 August 1879 – Cornishman)

1907: “Harmoniumist Wanted for Horsedowns Wesleyan Church…” (The Cornish Telegraph – Thursday 24 January 1907)

1908: “Horsedowns. A Serious Split is said to have taken place the Wesleyan Chapel over the dismissal of an official.” (Cornubian and Redruth Times – Thursday 14 May 1908)

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

1932: Became Horsedowns Methodist Church. (SWChurches)

1940: Seating for 250. (David Easton, Methodist Minister and historian)

1946: “… Horse Downs Methodist Sunday school’s annual tea treat was held on Saturday. Officers and scholars, headed by Porthleven Silver Band, paraded to Leedstown, and on returning to Horse Downs, a free tea was provided for the scholars and a public tea for adults.” (1 August 1946 – Cornishman)

1948: “Horsedowns Methodist Church Sunday-school held their annual school treat on Saturday. The children and teachers, headed by Porthleven Silver Band, under Mr T Rule, paraded Horsedowns and Leedstown…”  (29 July 1948 – Cornishman)

1990: Closed. (David Easton, Methodist Minister and historian)

1991: Closed. (SWChurches)





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