The first Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Ruskington was built in 1833. It was replaced by a new chapel on Chapel Street in 1849, which was rebuilt in 1958.
[N.B. Chapel Street was formerly called Church Street, before Post Office Street became Church Street!]
The Chapel built in 1849 is pictured left (taken from an old ‘Peatman‘ postcard) and was added to over the years with a Sunday School room, vestry and toilets.
The old Chapel was demolished in 1960 and the land subsequently used for a meeting hall and car park.
The new Chapel had been built in 1957 on the site of four cottages, pictured above on the left on the old building, which, themselves, had been demolished in 1950. The new Chapel was formally opened on 18 September 1958 by Mr Guy Chester and dedicated by Rev. J. E. Eagles.
The plaque mounted on the east wall inside the Church foyer was moved from the old building to the new when the re-location outlined above was made.
It lists the names of all of the 30 Great War casualties named on the village Memorial in the Cemetery, with no distinction to whether they worshipped there or at a different village church.
Above the names is the Dedication:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF RUSKINGTON.
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1919
The Second World War Memorial is also in the foyer on the wall opposite to the World War 1 Memorial.
[Both plaques are difficult to photograph due to reflections off the polished brass.]
N.B. The Ruskington Fen (Wesleyan Reform) Methodist Church
It is a simple rectangular building, which was opened in 1858, but it does not contain a War Memorial for either World War.
In addition to the Methodist Church War Memorial, Ruskington has four other Memorial sites and each has its own page in this site.
C L I C K on the name below to go to the relevant page:
- The photo of the Memorial is supplied by Ann Fox on the site: “My Methodist History“