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Wignall Memorial Wesleyan Methodist, Thornton

Wignall Memorial,
Victoria Rd,

Church History

It was founded in 1812. The First Wesleyan Chapel in Thornton was a plain barn-like structure, whitewashed within & without and built in 1812. The 17 early Methodists in Thornton previously had held meetings in the cottage home of Nanny Greenwood. For 80 years this whitewashed chapel served the people. In 1892, another building was erected, later to be used as a Sunday School. This building served as the new church until a Mrs Janet Wignall of Fleetwood offered to build a new church as a memorial to her husband, the late Mr John Wignall J.P. In May 1905 Wignall Memorial Church was opened for worship.

The Wesleyan Methodist church was formed in the 18th century from religous societies founded by John Wesley and his preachers. It suffered many secessions, but was the largest Nonconformist denomination in the 19th century. In 1932 the Wesleyan Methodists joined with the Primitive Methodists and the United Methodists to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

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Church Records

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Original Registers



The church is located at OS grid reference SD3395242160 (Lat/Lon 53.871425,-3.006006). You can see this on maps provided by: