On the Trail of William Woodley: The Wesleyan Chapel

[13/8/2014  – I have made a few updates since this blog was originally posted.  New photographs of the entrance to Chapel Close and a little surprise at the end.]

I am very fortunately to have been given access to a set of photographs relating to Worlds End, Beedon.  I extend my thanks and gratitude to Victor and Cynthia Pocock of Beedon for this.

I refer my readers back to the annotated photograph of Mr and Mrs Woodley with the numerous beehives at Garden Cottage, Worlds End (see below).

1. Worlds End Chapel 2. Worlds End Farmhouse 3. Barn associated with Worlds End Farmhouse 4. Trees 5. Rickyard 6. Mrs Woodley 7. Mr Woodley
1. Worlds End Chapel
2. Worlds End Farmhouse
3. Barn associated with Worlds End Farmhouse
4. Trees
5. Rickyard
6. Mrs Woodley
7. Mr Woodley

Let’s start with the oldest photograph dating from 1973.  I shall be referring back to the annotated photograph above.  The photograph below is of the Wesleyan Chapel (see 1) as viewed from Oxford Road.  Oxford Road runs north/south and passes the front of Garden Cottage, High House, the site of the Chapel etc.  Please note the rectangular stone above the door of the Chapel; this stone was saved prior the Chapel’s demolition and is built into the wall running along Chapel Court (see below).

May 1973 This is the view of the Wesleyan Chapel (see 1) from Oxford Road, Worlds End. Notice the rectangular stone above the door entitled 'Ebenezer Wesleyan Chapel 1850'. This was save during the demolished and built into the wall abutting Chapel Court.
May 1973 This is the view of the Wesleyan Chapel (see 1) from Oxford Road, Worlds End. Notice the rectangular stone above the door entitled ‘Ebenezer Wesleyan Chapel 1850’. This was save during the demolished and built into the wall abutting Chapel Court.
The stone once belonged to the Chapel which was located at World End. This stone is set into the wall which abut the access road to Chapel Court. It is believed that the Chapel was sited where to access road is today.
The stone once belonged to the Chapel which was located at World End. This stone is set into the wall which abut the access road to Chapel Court. It is believed that the Chapel was sited where to access road is today.

The Chapel was demolished in May 1982 and it had been unused sometime prior to that (see below).  The view of the Chapel below is from the north-west; behind the Chapel is High House.  The opposite long-side of the Chapel was visible in the Mr & Mrs Woodley photograph (see 1).  Also notice that High House (behind the Chapel) projects further west than the Chapel; this would have  obscured the Chapel from view if (hypothetically) the Mr & Mrs Woodley photograph was  retaken in 1982.

November 1982. This photograph is the rear of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End. To the right of the Chapel is High House. This photograph was taken as the Chapel was being demolished.
November 1982. This photograph is the rear of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End. To the right of the Chapel is High House. This photograph was taken as the Chapel was being demolished.

I also attach other photographs of the Chapel from 1982 really for the readers enjoyment.

1982 The rear of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End.
1982 The rear of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End.

The photograph above is the rear of the Chapel and…

1982 View from a field to the west of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End. High House and Worlds End Farmhouse can be seen to the right and left of the Chapel respectively.
1982 View from a field to the west of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End. High House and Worlds End Farmhouse can be seen to the right and left of the Chapel respectively.

…the photograph above shows a view from the west (or rear) of both the Chapel and High House.  Also in this photograph, there is a modern barn in the right-foreground which was on the site of the rick-yard (see 5).  To the left of the Chapel (in the background) is Worlds End Farmhouse.  Please also notice that the old barn (see 3) associated with Worlds End Farmhouse is no longer there (this would have been to the left of the Chapel).

When the Chapel was demolished in May 1982, the site of the Chapel was used as an access to the modern barn (see photograph below).

2001 This is the site of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End (see 1). This would have been the view of the front of the Chapel from Oxford Road, Worlds End. The site was used as access to a modern farm barn as you can see from the this photograph.
2001 This is the site of the Wesleyan Chapel, Worlds End (see 1). This would have been the view of the front of the Chapel from Oxford Road, Worlds End. The site was used as access to a modern farm barn as you can see from the this photograph.

The modern barn was destroyed in a blaze.  The site of the Chapel and the rick-yard were later redeveloped as housing; this area is now called Chapel Court (see 1 and 5).

 

Entrance to Chapel Close as of 11 August 2014

and below is the view from the west…

 

Entrance of Chapel Close as view from the west on 11 August 2014

And sometimes if you wish really hard you can see the ghost of the Chapel..

Wesleyan Chapel Overlay

I have more photographs of Worlds End to show you in my next blog and these are related to the old barn associated with Worlds End Farmhouse.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “On the Trail of William Woodley: The Wesleyan Chapel

  1. These are really great blogs. Thank you for sharing with me because I love the history and I have shared with the village.

    • Thanks for your comments. I am doing research on Mr Woodley and I would like to recreate the 1896 photograph as taken from Garden Cottage Worlds End in 2014. I really need to approach the present owner to see if they would accommodate me.

      I am also sifting through back copies of the British Bee Journal where Mr Woodley wrote fortnightly in his column ‘Notes by the Way’.

      I am booked to do a presentation about Mr Woodley to the Vale and Downland Beekeepers Association in 2015.

      I once lived in Beedon; went to Beedon school and lived there with my wife after graduation. I think your blog is a really useful resource for people to stay connected with Beedon/Worlds End/Stanmore. Thank-you.

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