Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Wesleyan Places of Worship"

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Wesleyan Places of Worship.—The following information has been kindly furnished by the
respective ministers, the “terms of membership” being given in their own words:
ACTON CHA PEL, Gunnersbury-lane. — Terms of membership: “Enrolment as member of a ‘Society Class,’ after due probation, and participation in Christian ordinances.” Seat rents, front 2s. 6d. per sitting to 5s.; numerous seats free. Divine service: Sunday, 11 am, and 6.30p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m. Prayer meeting Monday, 7 p.m. Sunday and Day schools, Mutual Improvement Association, &c.
ALBION-STREET CHAPEL, Albion-street, Rotherhithe.— Terms of membership: “Class meeting and communion” Built by the Wesleyan Reformers in 1852 ; became a United Methodist Free Church by the amalgamation of the Wesleyan Reformers with the Wesleyan Methodist Association
BLACKHEATH WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Burnett-park, Blackheath. — Terms of membership: “A desire to flee from the wrath to come.” Seat rents not stated.
BRUNSWICK CHAPEL, King-street, Broadway, Deptford, S.E. Terms of membership: “ Communion and subscriptions, and class meeting.” Built in 1838 by the Wesleyan Methodist Association, which united with the Wesleyan Reformers in 1857, and constituted the United Methodist Free Churches.
BUCKINGHAM CHAPEL, Palace-street, Pimlico.— Terms of membership: “Sincere piety; faith in Jesus Christ; the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost.” It is hoped that all persons attending the service will present free-will offerings for the maintenance of the fabric and ministry.
CASSLAND-ROAD WESLEYAN CHAPEL, South Hackney. -— Terms of membership: “A desire to flee from the wrath to come, and probation of three months.” Seat rents, from 1s. to 1s. 6d.
CLAPTON CHAPEL, Clapton-high-road, Lower Clapton, E. Terms of membership: “ See Rules of Society.” Seat rents, appropriated to payment of debt and expenditure by trustees. Affiliated with the above are chapels at Walthamstow, Leyton, Wanstead, Woodford, Epping, Loughton, and Buckhurst Hill, in charge of four ordained Wesleyan ministers.
EDMONTHON CHAPEL, High road, Lower Edmonton.—Seat rents: no information. Services
Sunday, 11 am. and 6.30 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m.
FINSBURY-PARK, Seven Sisters’ road, Finsbury-park, N.—Terms of membership: “Wesleyan membership is membership in the Wesleyan Methodist Society. The Conference has not yet defined the Wesleyan Methodist church.” Seat rents, 2s. to 5s. per quarter.
GERMAN WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Grosvenor-street, Commercial-road, Stepney, E-— Terms of membership: “The general rules of the Wesleyan Methodists” Seat rents left to the freewill of its members.
GREENWICH WESLEYAN CHAPEL, London-street, Greenwich.—Terms of membership “A desire to flee from the wrath to come, and to be saved from sin.” Seat rents: no information. Building erected 1878-9.
HACKNEY WICK WESLEYAN MISSION CHAPEL, Elgin-street Hackney-wick.— Terms of membership: “Having a desire to flee from the wrath to come, and to lead a new life, the same to be evidenced by seriousness and good works.” All seats free. Connected with, but not actually part of Hackney Circuit. A purely missionary enterprise.
HARROW-ON-THE-HILL CHAPEL, Lower-road, Roxeth, Harrow.— Terms of membership: “Those of the Methodist Societies established by John Wesley.” Seat rents, 2s. per sitting per quarter. Services: Sundays at 11. a.m and 6.30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Sunday-school, at 9.45 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
HIGHBURY WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Drayton-park, Holloway-road, N.—Seat rents: no information.
HOLLY-PARK CHAPEL, Crouch-hill, N—Seat rents: no information. The above is one of the chapels of the Highgate Circuit.
KING’S CROSS CHAPEL, Liverpool-street, King’s-cross.— Terms of membership: “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; the abandonment of all sin; an earnest endeavour to live a truthful, generous, and useful life.” Seat rents; no information. Will seat 1,150.
LADY MARGARET-ROAD CHAPEL, Lady Margaret-road, Leighton -road, Kentish Town.—. Terms of membership: “Desire for salvation by Christ, manifested by keeping the rules of the society, which are a summary of New Testament precepts relating to Christian life.” Seat rents, from 1s. a quarter upwards
LIVERPOOL-ROAD CHAPEL, Liverpool-road, Islington, N.— Terms of membership: Those of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Seat rents, from 1s. 6d. to 5s. per quarter. Services: Sundays, 11 am. and 6.30 p.m.; Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; and Fridays at 8 p.m.
MANOR CHAPEL, Gallewall-road, Bermondsey.— Terms of membership: “Class meetings or communion.” Built 1867. Seat 800; Sunday-school numbers 600.
MILDMAY-PARK CHAPEL, Mildmay-park, Islington, N—Terms of membership: Class meeting. The first of the 50 metropolitan chapels being built from the gift of £50,000 by Sir Francis Lycett.
NEW BARNET WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH, Station-road. — Terms of membership: “Meeting in class, and attendance on communion.” Seat rents from 1s. to 5s. per seat per quarter. There is also a chapel at High-Barnet, besides one at Whetstone, in the charge of same minister, and forming the New Barnet Circuit.
PECKHAM CHAPEL, Hill-street, Peckham, S.E.— Terms of membership: “Class meeting or communion.” Built by the Wesleyan Reformers in 1859, and joined the United Methodist Free Churches.
PIMLICO WESLEVAN CHAPEL, Claverton-street, Pimlico.— Terms of membership: Members of the Wesleyan Methodist Society. Seat rents, various (no particulars) Sittings for 1,000 persons. Sunday and day schools connected. Services: Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m., and on Tuesday at 730 p.m.
PRINCE OF WALES’S ROAD WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Haverstock-hill, N.W.— Terms of membership: “2s. 1d. per quarter, contribution. Attendance at the Lord’s Supper and Christian fellowship.” Seat rents from 1s 6d. to 2s. 6d. per quarter. Services: Sunday, 11 a.m. and 6 30 p.m. Holy Communion, first Sunday in the month. Hymnal (New). Thursday at 7.30 p.m.
QUEEN’S-RD WESLEYAN CHURCH, Peckham.—Raised annually from all sources, £1,150.
QUEX-ROAD WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Quex-road, Kilburn.— Terms of membership: “Faith in the redemption by Christ Jesus, evidenced by a godly life.” Seat rents, £200 yearly (charge for sittings not stated).
RICHMOND-ROAD CHAPEL, Richmond-road, Hackney, E.—Seat rents, from 2s. to 4s. per sitting.
SLOANE-TERRACE WESLEYAN CHAPEL, 33, Walpole-street, Chelsea. — Terms of membership: “The usual terms in the Wesleyan Methodist Church.” Seat-rents, from 8s. to 16s. per sitting per year.
SOUTHWARK CHAPEL, Long-lane, Borough, SE.— Terms of membership: “Those of the Wesleyan Methodist Communion.”
SOUTHWARK CHAPEL, Long-lane, Bermondsey, S.E.— Terms of membership: “As in Wesleyan Methodist Societies throughout the world.” Seat rents 4s., 3s., and 2s. per quarter (body); 3s. 6d, 2s. 6d., and 1s. 6d. per quarter (gallery). Services: Sunday, 10.45 a.m. and 6.30. p.m. Preaching service, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Prayer meeting, Monday, 7 pm. Sunday school, 10 a.m. and 2.15 p.m. Literary society, Monday, 8 p.m. during session, October to April. Day schools for boys and for girls at Long-lane, also at John-street, Old Kent-road. Society classes meet every evening except Friday and Saturday. Membership about 400.
SPITALFIELDS WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Church-street, Spitalfields—Seat rents varying from
1s. 6d. to 3s. per quarter. The building was erected by the French refugees in 1743, and leased to the Wesleyans in 1819. Its original cost is said to have been £23,000.
THE WELSH WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Wilson-street, Finsbury-square. — Terms o/ membership: “The usual terms, inserted in the English forms of the denomination.” Seat rents from 1s. upwards. Services: Sunday, 10.45 am. and 6.30 p.m. Thursday, at 7.30 p.m.
UPPER TOOTING IRON CHAPEL, Balham-road, Upper Tooting.— Terms of membership: “The ordinary Wesleyan terms.” Seats number 260; seat rents about £60 per annum (charge per sitting not stated). New chapel now in course of erection to seat 650, with school and class rooms adjoining, to be opened during the year. This will supersede the iron building at present in use.
WANSTEAD CHAPEL, Wanstead, E.—Seat rents 5s. and 3s. each person per quarter. Gothic building, opened June 1877, to accommodate 375, at a cost of £4,175 exclusive of site.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Bridge-road-west, Battersea.— Seat rents, 6s. to 12s. per annum. Service: Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.; Monday, prayer meeting at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, public service at 7 p.m.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, High-street, Stoke Newington.— Terms of membership: “The individual giving evidence of real concern for the salvation of the soul” meeting in class weekly for spiritual purposes; small weekly subscription, and quarterly renewable ticket towards support of minister. Seat rents ranging from 1s. up to 4s. per quarter.
WESLEYAN PREACHING HALL (THE CITY), Australian Avenue, E.C.— Terms of membership: “Fleeing from the wrath to come.” Seat rents, chairs, 6s. a year each. Seeking for a new site to build in place of Jewin-street Chapel, sold, and taken down.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Lambeth-road, SE.— Terms of membership: “The members of the church regularly meet in class for religious improvement, and the tickets of membership are renewed quarterly by the minister.” Seat rents paid quarterly, and produce about £250 per annum (charge for sittings not stated). Sunday and day schools.
WESLEYAN CHAPEL, River-court, Hammersmith.— Terms of membership: “Fellowship in a class-meeting under the care of an authorised leader; tokens of membership renewed quarterly.” Seat rents 1s. 6d. to 4s. 6d. per quarter. Services: Sunday, 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 pm.; Sunday-school, 9.30 and 2.30. Various agencies.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Approach-road, Victoria-park, E.—Terms of membership: “A desire to flee from the wrath to come, to be saved from sin, with a weekly attendance at classes for Christian communion.” Seat rents varying from 1s. to 3s. per quarter per sitting. A large number of free sittings are reserved for the poor. Visitors are conducted to pews by the pew-openers, and accommodated with books.
WESLEYAN IRON CHURCH, Shooter’s Hill.— Terms of membership: “A desire to live to
Christ, with a corresponding walk.” Seats free.
WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Dartmouth-road, Sydenham, S.E.— Terms of membership: “Meeting in class.” Seat rents about £180 per annum (amount per sitting not stated). Free seats provided Services: Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.; Thursday, at 7 p.m.; Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday ; Young Men’s Institute at 8 p.m. on Monday; Band meeting at 7.30 p.m on Saturday; a Sunday-school which begins at 9.45 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, High-street, Leyton. Terms of membership: “Possession of ticket of membership in the Wesleyan Methodist Society.” Seat rents, from 2s. to 4s. per
sitting per quarter. Gothic. When completed will seat 1,000 persons. Present cost, £6,000. Land adjoining for the erection of minister’s house and school premises.
WESLEYAN (TEMPORARY) IRON CHAPEL, Mile-end-road, E.— Terms of membership: “As generally observed throughout the connection.” Seat rents, 1s. and 1s. 6d. per quarter. Services: Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.; and Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. Prayer meetings, Monday, 7.30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday-school, morning and afternoon. It is intended to erect a permanent chapel, capable of seating 1,000 persons, on the present site.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, Albion-road, College Park, Lewisham, S.E.— Terms of membership: “Meeting in Society class.” Seat rents £150 (charge per seat not stated).
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, High-road Tottenham, N. — Terms of membership: “Meeting in class for Christian fellowship and Sacramental Communion. Seat rents quarterly (charge not stated). Some sittings free. The chapel accommodates upwards of 1,000, and was erected about seven years ago by voluntary subscription.
WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, High. street, Clapham, S.W. — Terms of membership: “Meeting in what we term Society classes is the condition of membership. There are also communicants who do not meet in class.” From 1s. 6d. to 4s. 6d. per quarter. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday in the month. Baptisms on the morning of the second Sunday of the month and at any Tuesday evening service.
WESTOW-HILL WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Up. Norwood.—-Chapel seats 1,030 people. Style, Gothic. Service: Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion first Sunday in the month.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879