Marwood Methodist Church
Marwood Methodist Church

Marwood Methodist Church



For information about services and hall bookings please contact Christine Smith 01271 850364





2023 - This year  our church is celebrating its 150 year of Methodism. 

The Methodist movement started in Marwood in 1806, with the first service held at Blakewell Farm, the home of the Laramy family. Twenty years later in 1828 the decision was made to build a chapel. The Chapel was completed at a cost of £164 and opened on Good Friday 1829, the land having been bought for just one guinea or £1. 1.0p i. This chapel is now the private dwelling next door but after the new Church was built was used for Sunday School, suppers and other events. 

       In 1872 it was proposed that a new chapel should be built.  The ground cost £36 and was purchased from John Alford. The new chapel incorporated an auditorium with two bay north and south transepts.  The opening service took place on 9th October 1874 exactly one year after the foundation stone was laid.

         In 1958 Mrs Annie Gubb  donated a stained glass window to the chapel in memory of her father, John Smith, who had been a preacher on the Ilfracombe circuit for over 50 years. The window aptly depicts John Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist movement.

        Much has changed over the last 150 years since the opening of the first chapel at Marwood.  Services in recent years have included Harvest celebrations – including a lively auction of produce, candlelit carol services, pet services and the Blessing of the plough.  In normal years, a strawberry cream tea takes place in June.

   John Wesley’s Rule

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as you ever can. 

Nonconformist  churches were also built in Muddiford, Middle Marwood and Whitehall in the 19th Century.  Families worshipping in these chapels were buried in theFamilies worshipping in these chapels were buried in the churchyards surrounding the Methodist Church in Prixford. This tradition continues today.


       The Churchyard by the original church is the oldest and the new churchyard started to be used in 1979.