OPENING OF A NEW PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL
AND SCHOOL ROOM AT MATTISHALL.
On Wednesday, a new chapter was opened
in the history of Primitive Methodists in the village
of Mattishall, a new Chapel and school-room being
there opened. For upwards of 80 years the society
has worked in this parish, being first missioned by
the venerable Robert Key, well known as the Norfolk
pioneer of Primitive Methodists. The friends at Mattishall
may feel justly proud of their new buildings, for
they stand in a commanding position in the centre
of the village, and are a splendid ornament, worthy
of the connection.
The building is in the Romanesque
style, and has a seating accommodation for 200 persons.
The schoolroom will seat 120 children. The building
is of red a brick, relieve, with white string courses
and stone cills. It is well lighted by six large windows,
with circular heads all of which open with patent
quadrants. The chapel has an elevation from the road
approached by four stone steps. The front has a noble
appearance, with a large centre triplet widow and
a smaller one on ether sides. These are glazed with
cathedral glass, with a darker hued margin. The beauty
of the front centres in an ornamental triple porch,
which is of a handsome design. The roof is of slate,
and is finished with iron finals on the gables.
Attached to the chapel is a schoolroom
with a sliding partition between, to be moveable so
as to utilise the schoolroom for public meetings.
Adjoining the room are the out offices. The whole
building is fitted with hot water apparatus by Mr
C Gunton, of Norwich. The fittings are of ornamental
pitch pine stall heads, with ridge roll backs and
Oregon pine seats, the panels filled in with redwood
match boarding. The seats are furnished with book
board and hat pegs. The floor is raised nine inches
higher at the entrance than at the back, thus giving
the congregation a better view of the rostrum, which
in turn is placed on a raised platform, ten inches
from the ground floor. Upon this platform will be
placed the orchestral fittings. The rostrum is of
handsome design, framed in pitched pine, filled with
metal panels, and finished with mahogany capping.
The whole is enclosed by a communion rail on ornamental
iron stands. The walls are cladded to the height of
four feet, finished with a heavy moulded capping,
while above they are finished in stone colour. The
roof has a very pleasing appearance, bent open with
curved ribs and hammer beams, and boarded with close
boarding, fixed diagonally. The moulded groynes are
supported by ornamental stone corbels. The chapel
and schoolroom is well provided with artificial light,
having six powerful draught lamps of a new design.
The buildings were designed by Messrs Kerridge &
Sons of Wisbech (architects), and the works has been
most satisfactorily carried out by Mr Lebbel King
of Mattishall, contactor. The cost is estimated at
£750 toward which there has been raised about
£360, a noble sum for so poor a glass of people,
showing great self denial and a great belief in voluntaryism.
The energetic Circuit minster, the
Rev G Edwards, of East Dereham has been working most
assiduously to raise funds towards the new buildings.
He has mapped out a month’s special meetings
for the opening services, for which he has been successful
in securing some of the foremost men in the connexion.
He has also asked that £100 be raised during
The dedicatory service on Wednesday
was in the presence of a large congregation. In the
afternoon the audience assembled for a final meeting
in the old chapel, where the Rev G Edwards gave a
short of Primitive Methodism as applied to their society
during the past 80 years, referring more particularly
of the early efforts of the late Rev Robert Key’s
mission in the village. He then called upon Mr Lebbel
King, the Circuit steward, to make a presentation.