~ ST. PETER'S METHODIST CHAPEL ~
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL
12 ST. PETER'S STREET
Erected 1811 - refurbished & restored 1998
"Little remains of these religious houses worth turning aside to look at; but nearly opposite is the Wesleyan Methodist chapel, standing some distance back from the street, with a paved walk leading to it through some handsome iron gates and palisades. This building, which is large and commodious, was erected in 1811, the old one being much too small for the congregation." WG
"May 22. The chapel, lately occupied at Canterbury by the Wesleyan Methodists, was opened as a Baptist place of worship. Preachers, Rev. Messrs. Griffin of London, Giles of Chatham, and Uppardine of Hammersmith."
The Investigator (Quarterly Magazine) 1823
There were originally poplar trees in front of the church lining the entrance way
"The Wesleyan Chapel, situated on the south side of St. Peter's street, is the most spacious and elegant place of worship of the Nonconformist kind in the city of Canterbury. It stands back from the street on a gentle elevation, and has a commanding appearance. The interior is surrounded with galleries, and contains a good organ." Directory 1847
"The Wesleyan chapel is a brick building, erected in 1811."
Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1882
A view of St. Peter's Methodist Church off of St. Peter's Street (the large building in the center), behind the church (to the right) is The Wesleyan School
"The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (situated in St. Peter's Street) is a handsome building, with portico, erected in 1811, and provides accomodation for 960 persons. Ministers are elected at the Annual Wesleyan Conference." Directory 1889
There were about 150 burials of the Wesleyan's between the chapel and the store located at 51 St. Peter's Street. The burials took place from about 1828 to 1855.
Possibly says ANNE KIDGER
To the Memory Of
Who died April 19th 1840
Aged 62 Years
RL OUIESC IT E?PACE?
*Sarah Powell, 1840, Apr-May-Jun, Canterbury, Kent, vol 5 page 42
TO THE MEMORY OF
DAUGHTER OF CHARLES FREDERICK
AND HARRIETT WILLE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE .. DECEMBER
1840 AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO OF GEORGE WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 21ST MARCH 1848
AGED 18 YEARS
*George William WILLE, Mar 1848, Canterbury, Kent, vol 5, page 56
*Harriet WILLE, Dec 1840, Canterbury, Kent, vol 5, page 46
*1841 Palace Street, Charles WILLE (c. 55) Pastry cook, Foreigner, Charles c. 15, Harriett c. 50, Eliza c. 15, George c. 12 & John Wille c. 10
*Harriett (w) is with Samuel PARRY (w) noted as mother in law in 1861 in Middlesex
TO THE MEMORY OF
WIFE OF DANIEL PILCHER
WHO DIED JANUARY VI
AGED LXXI YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
DIED ..TEMBER XV..
... AGED LX YEARS
Feb 14th, 1849 - Death, At Canterbury, aged eighty-six, Mr. Thomas PILCHER, having been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society for forty-two years. He sustained various important offices in the church to which he belonged, and discharged the duties connected with them with diligence and fidelity. He was very unassuming in his character; and was stongly attached to "Methodism," for many years contributing liberally to its several funds. By the grace of God he was enabled to hold fast his confidence steadfastly from the beginning unto the end. His death was somewhat sudden, but safe and peaceful. S.Y.
*was a death of a Thomas PILCHER registered in Blean
We have Thomas PILCHER of St. Dunstan's Street, age c. 75, Wheelwright with wife Susannah age c. 75 and daughter Elizabeth age c. 45 (reg. dist. Blean)
In the Midst of Life we are
HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
THE BELOVED WIFE OF ? REID
... DAUGHTER OF .... ...EE
OF THIS CITY
DIED OCT 7TH 1852 AGED 21 YEARS
LEAVING AN INFANT DAUGHTER
*Emma Reid, Dec 1852, Canterbury, Kent, vol 2a page 304
OF BRIDGE IN THIS COUNTY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE
24TH? DAY OF DECEMBER 1845
AGED 37(?) YEARS
THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED
--- 7 OCTOBER ..
HENRY STICKARD ?
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 15 1835 (1855)
AGED 66? YEARS
May 1896 - At the Wesleyan Church, on the 7th inst., Dr. W. H. Longhurst opened a new organ, which had cost about £250.
The decorative iron gates which had been exempt from the metal collection in the war as being "of special interest" were removed in November of 1959.
A table which John Wesley used at the old King Street Chapel is now in St. Peter's Methodist Church. Canterbury Beaney Museum has a letter written by Wesley.
"In returning to Canterbury, I called upon Mr. Kingsford,* a man of substance as well as piety. He informed me, "Seven years ago I so entirely lost the use of my ankles and knees, that I could no more stand than a new-born child. Indeed I could not lie in bed without a pillow laid between my legs, one of them being unable to bear the weight of the other. I could not move from place to place, but on two crutches. All the advice I had, profited me nothing. In this state I continued above six years. Last year I went on business to London, then to Bristol and Bath. At Bath I sent for a physician; but, before he came, as I sat reading the Bible, I thought, "Asa sought to the physicians and not to God," but God can do more for me than any physicians. Soon after, I heard a noise in the street, and rising up, found I could stand. Being much surprised, I walked several times about the room; then I walked into the square, and afterwards, on the Bristol road, and from that time I have been perfectly well: having as full a use of all my limbs as I had seven years ago."
We had a comfortable opportunity in the evening, and early in the morning. And I left Canterbury, Friday 26, with a strong hope, that the work of God will flourish here, as it has not done for many years. In the evening I preached to a lovely congregation at Chatham, and on Saturday returned to London.
Nov. 1787, Rev. John Wesley's Journal
Monday 14, I went to Canterbury, and preached in the evening, on There is one God. The house would in no wise contain the congregation, in which were several clergymen. It pleased God to give me uncommon liberty of spirit, as also at Dover the next evening, where the new house, large as it is, was far too small, so that many could not get in. Thursday 17, I returned to Canterbury, and spent half an hour with my old friend Mr. Perronet**, the last of the six sons, and nearly worne out, and just tottering over the grave. In the evening we had another numerous congregation, and all deeply serious. Friday 18, we returned to London. Dec 1789 Rev. John Wesley's Journal
October 3rd, 1848 - death, aged twenty-two, Mr. John HEARNDEN. His early connexion with our Maidstone Sunday school,....afterwards engaged as a Teacher in the Sunday school at Canterbury, he was accustomed to retire for prayer and devotional ready, in company with one of his fellow labourers in that valuable instituion....
* there was a Sampson and William Kingsford residing in Canterbury about this time, William resided at Barton Mill
**....It was to the younger son of this distinguished clergyman, the Rev. Edward Perronet, of Canterbury, that the Church of Christ is indebted for the hymn, "All hail," &c. On his conversion, he renounced the establishment, commenced itinerating with John Wesley, and soon united himself to the Countess of Huntingdon's connexion. "In almost every place where he proclaimed the love of christ (especially in Canterbury and Norwich), the Lord graciously gave him seals to his ministry." After a few years he settled over a congregation in the former city, and with them closed his days, January 2, 1792.....Mr. Perronet was gifted with a rich fund of wit, and rare powers of satire. Decidedly hostile to the hierarchy of the Church of England, he was the author of an anonymous poem, "The Mitre," supposed to have been one of the keenest satrires ever directed against the national establishment. Though printed, its publication was suppressed at the earnest entreaty of Mr. Wesley. The Baptist Magazine 1862 (his brother Charles Perronet died at Canterbury in 1776) - The Mitre is printed in "The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine June to September 1807 (pg. 492 onwards)
1858 - Revs. R. Rymer and J. Killick
1882 - Rev. G. P. Summerhays. Hours of Service: 10:30 am. 6:30 pm. mon. & wed. 7 pm.
1891 - Rev. James Bransom & Rev. Joseph Griffin Hodson
May 1897 - Death of a Venerable Wesleyan Minister - The Rev. George Turner, a pastor for 40 years in the Wesleyan Connexion, and for the past seventeen years a supernumerary of the Canterbury Wesleyan Church, passed away on the 16th inst. at his residence at Victoria Terrace, Hawke's Lane, at the age of eighty years. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, a short service being held in the Wesleyan Chapel, wehre a large number of the members of the Wesleyan community assembled to pay their final tribute of respect. Amongst those present were the stewards; Messrs. Grant Cozens, M. Inge, J. Field, W. J. Payne, Rayfield, Kennedy, A. J. Baker, etc. The Rev. A. I. Wharton (pastor) officiated and was assisted by the Rev. J. Cooke (assistant pastor), Rev. Brimmell (Wesleyan), Rev. J. Patterson (Presbyterian), Rev. W. Edmundson (Watling Street Chapel), Rev. H. K. Kempton (Baptist), and the Rev. W. E. Stephenson (Congregational). As the body incased in an oak coffin, with brass furniture, bearing the inscription "George Turner, died 16th May, 1897, aged 80 years" was carried into the church the organist, Mr. B. Rowles, played Mendelesohn's "O Rest in the Lord"...
WTHBH - April 15, 1899 - Mr. B.A. Rowles, late organist of St. Peter's Wesleyan Chapel, Canterbury, has been appointed organist of Hawley Square Wesleyan Chapel, Margate.
1901 - Benjamin Howland, Furniture dealer and Wesleyan local preacher
1903 - Rev. William J. Britton & Rev. Richard Hall. Hours of Service: 10:30 am & 6:30 pm; mon. & wed. 7:15 pm.
1917 - Services Sun. 10:30 and 6:30; Bible Class for Young People 3. Wed., Service, 7:30; Thurs. Wesley guild. 7. Ministers: Rev. F.J. Murrell (Wesley Manse), and Rev. F. Norman Charley (C.F.) (Westcroft) Hanover Place; Deconess, Sister Isabel Perks; Circuit Stewards, Messrs. A. Lander (J.P.) and A. Brownscombe (M.A.); Sec. Stewards, Messrs. R. M. Wilkinson, H. Stanley, W.L. Clark and W. Clark. Circuit Chapel Sec., Mr. W. Keightley.
*the centre for Kentish Studies holds records of minutes and accounts 1808 - 1970 for St. Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury
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