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Methodist churches in Leicester

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Belgrave Hall Methodist Church, Leicester (Wakerley, 1898)

In Leicester in Leicestershire, UK there been have been numerous places of worship of various denominations.[1][2][3] The first Methodist church in Leceister was founded in Millstone Lane in 1753 soon after John Wesley's visit to the city. Many other Methodist churches were built in the 19th century.[4] In 1946 there were 23 chapels in Leicester, after which their number declined.[5] As of 2008, there were 11 active Methodist churches in the city.[6] The following is a list of open, closed and demolished Methodist church buildings Leicester, many Primitive Methodist.[4]

Open churches[edit]

Cavendish Road,now the Ecumenical Church of the Nativity. 2006
Wesleyan Chapel, Bishop Street
  • New Parks, Batersbee Road in New Parks[7][3]
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Bishop Street[8][9][2] built in 1815[4] is a Grade II listed building (1074061).[10]
  • Cavendish Road, Aylestone Park (1874), sold in 1953 for furniture storage in 1953,[4] now the Ecumenical Church of the Nativity[11]
  • Claremont Street, Belgrave, Claremont Methodist Church[12][3]
  • Clarendon Park Road, Christchurch[13], an ecumenical church
  • Edgehill Road at All Saints[14][3]
  • Mayflower Methodist Church, Ethel Road[15]
  • Harrison Road (1909)[16][3]
  • St Andrews Methodist Church, Glenfield Road East. Built in 1879 seating 850 and with a spire designed to be 110ft tall,[17] it was originally known as Richardson Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.[18][19][3]
  • Trinity Methodist Church, Narborough Road[20][3]
  • Uppingham Road[21]
  • Wesley Hall, Hartington Road/Mere Road (1896/97)[4][22]

Closed churches[edit]

Claremont Street Methodist Church. Former building, demolished 1994
Melbourne Road, St Pauls Methodist Church, 2005
Melbourne Road Methodist, Highfields Chapel, 2005
  • Alexander Street, Friars Chapel (pre-1837)[4] (demolished)[3]
  • Aylestone Road was Wesleyan Methodist chapel accommodating 800 worshippers with school rooms for 400 children, built from 1874.[23]
  • Bath Street, Belgrave (demolished)[3]
  • Beaumanor Road, Beaumont Hall (demolished)[3]
  • Belgrave Gate was a Primitive Methodist chapel, the foundation stone laid by the Mayor on 30 May 1882.[24][25][3]
  • Belgrave Road / Syston Street (demolished)[3]
  • Belgrave Hall Wesleyan Methodist Church and Mantle Memorial School was built from 1896-99 in Belgrave. It was converted to Belgrave Community Centre in 1974[26] and is a Grade II listed building.[27][3]
  • Braunstone Gate / Thorpe Street [3]
  • Blackbird Road, Eporth Hall[3]
  • Bread Street, Clarence Hall (demolished)[3]
  • Bright Street (demolished)[3]
  • Carley Street (demolished)[3]
  • Catherine Street (demolished)[3]
  • Chandos Street (demolished)[3]
  • Chapel Lane, Knighton
  • Crown Street [3]
  • Curzon Street, All Saints Methodist Church (1859)[28] (demolished)[3]
  • Denman Street (demolished)[3]
  • Edgehill Road
  • Fosse Road North, St Nicholas Street Memorial Church[29](demolished)[3]
  • Foundry Lane, Bethel Chapel (demolished)[3]
  • Friday Street (demolished)[3]
  • George Street was the first purpose built Primitive Methodist chapel.[24][30] (demolished)[3]
  • Granby Street
  • Granby Street, Temperance Hall (1853, demolished 1960)[3][31]
  • Hill Street (demolished)[3]
  • Hinckley Road / Fosse Road South[32]
  • Humberstone Road / Parry Street (1863), by F. W. Ordish[4] (.c 1966)[33][34][3]
  • Humberstone Road / Clyde Street (demolished)[3]
  • King Richard's Road (1880) by A. E. Sawday[4]
  • Leicester Street[3]
  • London Road, St Pauls (demolished)[3]
  • Main Street, Humberstone
  • Melbourne Road, St Pauls
  • Melbourne Road /Clipston Street, Highfields Chapel (1884)[35][3]
  • Metcalf Street (1860-1870)[4] (demolished)[3]
  • Millstone Lane, Tabernacle. The Millstone Lane church was the first Methodist church in Leicester, established in 1753, probably soon after John Wesley visited the city in 1753. Its services were held in a barn, which was replaced by a chapel by 1768. In 1793, use of a house in Southgate Street was obtained for ministers. The chapel was enlarged and rebuilt in 1878.[4] (demolished)[3]
  • Northgate Street (1885 - c.1935)[4] (demolished)[3]
  • Newarke Street (1864 - c.1870)
  • Osborne Street (demolished)[3]
  • Peel Street(demolished)[3]
  • Queens Road
  • St Nicholas Street[29](demolished)[3]
  • Saxby Street (1873), by A. E. Sawday, sold in 1953 for use as an infant school[4]Earl Howl Memorial Church[3]
  • Soar Lane (demolished)[3]
  • Southfields Drive, Southfields Hall, Southfields
  • Vernon Road, Aylestone Park
  • Victoria Road East, New Humberstone Wesleyan Chapel (demolished)[3]
  • Vine Street (demolished)[3]
  • York Street (now York Road) (demolished)[3]

See also[edit]


  1. Moore, Andre (2008). Where Leicester Has Worshipped. ISBN 978-0-9533628-2-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Faith & Belief - Story of Leicester". www.storyofleicester.info.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 3.42 3.43 3.44 "Places of worship in Leicester", Mapping Faith and Place, Archeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, 2011
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 "The ancient borough: Protestant Nonconformity: A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4". Victoria County History. 1958. pp. 390–394. Retrieved January 11, 2020. The earliest Methodist church was that in Millstone Lane, founded in 1753 and closed about 1865, when its place had largely been taken by the newer chapel in Bishop Street, built in 1815. The foundation of the Millstone Lane chapel was probably the direct outcome of John Wesley's visit to Leicester in 1753...
  5. Rimmington, Gerald T. (2010). "Methodist Churches in Leicstershire, 1945-80" (PDF). Trans. Leicestershire Archaeol. and Hist. Society. Retrieved January 22, 2020. In 1946 there were 23 chapels in Leicester. By 1961 there had been only three closures. Six more were to disappear in the 1960s, and two more in the 1970s.
  6. "The Diversity of Leicester A Demographic Profile" (PDF). Leicester City Council. 2008. p. 6. Retrieved January 16, 2020. ...there are 37 Churches of England, 15 Roman Catholic, and 69 non-conformist churches, 19 Evangelical, 15 Pentecostal, 13 Baptist, 11 Methodist and 11 United Reform churches. In addition there are also a growing number of black ledchurches. There are 2 Jewish synagogues in the city...Within the city there are 26 Sunni mosques, 2 Shia mosques,22 Hindu temples, 7 Sikh Gurdwaras and 1 Jain temple.
  7. "New Parks Methodist Church".
  8. "Bishop Street Methodist Church - Home". www.bishopstreetchurch.org.uk.
  9. "Wesleysan Chapel". City of Leicester. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  10. Historic England. "Bishop Street Methodist Chapel (1074061)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  11. "Home". nativityleicester.org.uk.
  12. "Claremont Methodist Church". Claremont Methodist Church.
  13. https://www.christchurchcp.org.uk/
  14. "Leicester Trinity - Edgehill Road at All Saints". www.leicestertrinitycircuit.org.uk.
  15. "Home | Mayflower Methodist Church". www.mayflowermethodistchurch.org.uk.
  16. "Leicester Trinity - Harrison Road". www.leicestertrinitycircuit.org.uk.
  17. "New Wesleyan Chapel on the King Richard's Road". Leicester Chronicle or Commercial and Leicestershire Mercury. 5 July 1879. p. 5.
  18. "St Andrew's GRE – Leicester West Methodist Circuit".
  19. Oxley, G. W. "Leicester, King Richard's Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel now known as St Andrews Methodist Church Centre, Leicestershire".
  20. "Trinity Methodist Church, Oadby". www.oadbymethodist.co.uk.
  21. "Uppingham Road Methodist Church". www.uppinghamroadmethodist.org.uk.
  22. "Leicester, Mere Road, Wesley Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Leicestershire".
  23. "Laying of the Foundation Stone of a New Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday Schools". Leicester Chronicle or Commercial and Leicestershire Mercury. 11 April 1874. p. 4.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Laying the Foundation Stone of New Primitive Methodist Chapel and School". Leicester Chronicle or Commercial and Leicestershire Mercury. 3 Jun 1882. p. 9.
  25. "Leicester Belgrave Gate Primitive Methodist chapel".
  26. "Leicester, Belgrave Road/Rothley Street, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall and Mantle Memorial School, , Leicestershire".
  27. Historic England. "Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre (1407227)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  28. "Laying of Foundation Stone". Leicester Journal, 29 April 1859. April 29, 1859. Retrieved January 16, 2020 – via https://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk.
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Leicester Fosse Road Primitive Methodist chapel - St Nicholas Street Memorial".
  30. "Leicester George Street Primitive Methodist chapel".
  31. "The Temperance Hall, Granby Street, Leicester". www.arthurlloyd.co.uk.
  32. "Leicester Hinckley Road Primitive Methodist Church".
  33. "Humberstone Road Methodist Church, Leicester, England: List of Pastors". www.ourfamtree.org.
  34. "BOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, MAGAZINES AND MORE!". ebooks-books.com.
  35. "Leicester Clipstone Street Primitive Methodist chapel, later Highfields".


  • Betteridge, Rev. A. A., A Brief History of Free Churches in Leicestershire and Rutland (Unpublished paper), Public Record Office, Leicester
  • Places of Worship in the City of Leicester, Leicester Council of Faiths, 2004
  • Richard Alexander McKinley (1958). A History of the County of Leicester: the city of Leicester. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 July 2013. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Earthly Kingdoms: A Report on Leicester Churches Both Past and Present. Victorian Society, Leicester Group. 1987. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • In the Heart of the City: 150th anniversary of Bishop Street Methodist Chapel 1815-1965, Barry J Biggs, 1965
  • Souvenir of the Centenary of Primitive Methodism in Leicester, John Whittle and William S Leach, 1918
  • Methodism in Leicester 1851-1944: The Bishop Street Circuit, C H Morris, c1980
  • R A McKinley, ed. (1958). "The ancient borough: Protestant Nonconformity". A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4, the City of Leicester. pp. 390–394. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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