Mapping Methodism – Mousehole Bible Christian Chapel

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Mousehole is a village and fishing port 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Penzance on the shore of Mount’s Bay. Jo Lewis and Tony Mansell have compiled this profile of Mousehole Bible Christian.


These are the only discovered mentions of a Bible Christian Chapel at Mousehole.

There were chapels in Mousehole for the Wesleyans and the Bible Christians. (Genuki)

The Bible Christians had missioned the Land’s End peninsula in 1818, when in June of that year the Morvah circuit of 256 members was in existence. Their itinerants asked Smith (Rev. G. C. Smith: Baptist Minister of Penzance Baptist Church (1807 – 1824)) if they could use the Baptist preaching-rooms at Mousehole and St Just. Smith agreed. Location not known.

HIGHER CHAPEL. I like here to refer another chapel in the village: the Methodist Free Church, locally known as the Higher Chapel. Its earliest records seem to have been lost sight of, but a few reminiscences may interest… also to a bakehouse which was used as a preaching place in Duck-street. This was used by the Bryanites, and kept by a man called Jemmy Crocker, who was over-officious in keeping the rude boys in order during the service time. There was another small chapel erected in the village by the Teetotallers— similar the one at Sheffield in Paul. It was afterwards transferred to the Reformed Methodists. The brethren also have been established here for many years…” (Cornishman – Thursday 26 November 1936)




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