The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Tattenhall is located in Tattenhall Lanes.
The Chapel closed in 1937, was subsequently sold and has now been converted into a private dwelling.
Administrative and financial records held at The Chester Record Office indicate that a Chapel was in existence before 1800 but that a new building was erected on the site in 1863. Indeed, a ‘Certificate of Registry’ of the Chapel is dated 6 October 1863.
As early as 1763 the Parish Registers record that there was ‘dissent’ in Tattenhall and that there existed ‘three Dissenters (namely) ‘a Quaker and two Baptists’.
Within the next twenty years, however, it is recorded that the ‘wave of revival reached Tattenhall’ and that the great preacher of Methodism himself (John Wesley) visited the parish on several occasions – suggesting that there must have been sufficient numbers of Methodists in the locality to warrant such visits.
There is also a tradition that John Wesley preached several times in the ‘Old Barn’ – this building is believed to have stood on the opposite side of the road to ‘Alpha House’ (located at the junction of Chester Road with Tattenhall Road).
The Reverend John Wesley visited Tattenhall on several occasions, supported in ‘Extracts of the Reverend Mr John Wesley’s Journals’. On Thursday 2 April 1761, for example, John Wesley wrote ‘I rode over to Tattenhall, eight or nine miles from Chester. When we came the town seemed to be all in an uproar; yet when I began preaching (in the open air, the house not being large enough to contain one quarter of the congregation) none opposed, or made the least disturbance, the fear of God falling upon them. I think Tattenhall will be less bitter for the time to come. Well may Satan be angry with field preaching’.
This style of preaching was particular to John Wesley. He began to address the public in open areas, giving rise to ‘Field Preaching’ as a feature of Methodism.
That Methodism did not flourish may have been down to the Reverend Dr Peploe who was a great benefactor to the poor and to the church and who employed several excellent curates.
Further information relating to Reverend John Wesley on the Website can be found by clicking the following link ‘Lion House’.