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East Brent Methodist Church

Can you help?

Any information about the East Brent Methodist Chapel would be very welcome, eg.

  Who were its founders

  Who were its rectors etc.

Does anyone have any information or thoughts on where Richard Colston Methodist, might have lived in Rooksbridge in 1805

See below..
Protestant Dissenters of 1805

1805 Protestant Dissenters receive certificate to worship as Methodists in Rooksbridge!

In 1805 Rooksbridge resident Richard Colston and other signatories, applied to the Bishop of Bath and Wells that his home be registered as a place of worship for local Methodists.
His request was granted on 6th February 1805
This is a transcript from the original document at Somerset Records Office.

To see a copy of the original letter click below.

Richard Colston
Thomas Young
John Hatch
Silas Pimm Sen'r
John Hawkins Jun'r
John Hawkins Sen'r
James Baker Sen'r
James Sperrring
Edward Pople
George Lewis
John Baker
Silas Pimm Jun'r
John Gillard
William Hawkins
John Jutsum
William White
Jacob Boon

Certificate granted
hereon 6th Feb 1805
To the Right Rev'd Father in God, the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells. Or whomsoever it concerns.
We, whose names are underwritten, by leave to aquaint your lordship, that a house, in the Occupation of, Richard Colston, Stockingmaker, situate at Rooksbridge in the Parish of East Brent. In the county of Somerset, is designed to be used for the Religious Worship of Almighty God, by a Society of Protestant Dissenters, commonly called Methodists.
And request that the same may be registered in your Registry. And a Certificate of the same granted accordingly, in persuant to the Act in that Case made and provided.
Rooksbridge Jan'y 25th 1805.

The Wesleyans built their Church in the centre of the village of East Brent on the corner of the then ‘Dodd’s Lane,

Today, Dodd’s Lane is the main A38 Weston Road that runs though the village.

It was built in 1871 at a cost of £450.  

A pulpit was installed in 1920.

In 1930 Electricity was installed followed in 1945 by a water supply which consisted of just one indoor tap.  An Elsan toilet was also installed in an outside shed.

1946 Gas heating was installed.

In 1939 a screen was erected across the internal width of the chapel to form a school room.

Signs of which can still be seen. The screen was removed in 1991. At the same time, a stained glass window was moved from the Lympsham Methodist Church and installed over the entance door at East Brent.

1964 saw the building of a schoolroom at a cost of £8,850, on land at the side of the chapel donated by Joe Gilling of Rooksbridge.

From information by Andrew and Rosemary Gilling

1805 Protestant Dissenters

To see a copy of the original letter click here

Rooksbridge Dissenters of 1805

In PDF format