As it once looked |
(picture from SWOP website)
As it looks today
This Wesleyan Chapel, still a place of worship today, was built several years after the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Chopstick Alley.
Although both chapels served the needs of the Methodist faith the Pimitive Methodists (or Prims) were a
stricter sect. A Methodist School was established near Swains Market but reading classes were later
given in the Wesleyan Chapel itself. Hannah Ball, a Wycombe lady and keen supporter of John Wesley
(whom she met whilst he was preaching in High Wycombe) believed that all children should
be given the opportunity of a basic education and was an early pioneer of the Sunday School.
It may be due to her long-term influence that the Methodist School near Swains Market was established in the first place.
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