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Uppingham, Rutland

In December 1817 Charles Peach of High Street East registered his schoolroom for religious worship and from then on Uppingham appeared in the records of the Melton Mowbray Circuit. Its first baptisms were recorded in December 1818 and 13 members were recorded in 1819. The first chapel was built in 1819/20. John Drake, a stonemason, was among the trustees and his family were active members throughout the century.

Uppingham became part of the new Oakham Circuit in 1825 and by 1835 had fifty members. The chapel was substantially rebuilt in 1872 and a schoolroom was added in 1887. Following Methodist Union in 1932, Uppingham became past of the Melton Mowbray Circuit in 1935. During World War II, Kingswood School was evacuated to Uppingham. The school chaplain, Rupert E. Davies, and other members of staff played a full part in chapel life, helping to revitalise it at a low period.

In 1997 Uppingham became part of the Stamford and Rutland Circuit. A further major refurbishment was completed in 1997. In 2006 the membership was 39, with many more attending.

Sources

  • J. Gill, History of Wesleyan Methodism in Melton Mowbray and the Vicinity (Melton Mowbray, 1909)
  • Margaret Stacey, The Story of Uppingham Methodist Church (2001)
  • The Story of the Twin Boards - Uppingham Methodist Church and Kingswood School 1939-1946 (2005)

Entry written by: MS
Category: Place

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