Methodist Church Buildings survey
In 1947 the Department for Chapel Affairs published a Methodist Church Buildings survey, following a resolution passed by The Methodist Conference in 1940.
It is a comprehensive list of all Methodist buildings as at 1st July 1940 and includes an indication of the character of the structure, the sort of seating and the extent of the buildings.
It will also tell you the previous association of each building before Methodist Union in 1932 ie whether it was Wesleyan, Primitive or United Methodist.
However, it should be noted that congregations changed allegiances from time to time or took over each other’s buildings. It is a complicated story and this survey only gives an indication of each church’s allegiance to each particular branch of Methodism in 1932 immediately prior to Union.
Section indicates to which branch of Methodism the church was previously allied i.e.
W: Wesleyan, P: Primitive or U: United Methodist.
Structure describes the main building material i.e S: stone B: brick etc
Seating is described as either P: pews, C: chairs or F: forms
An indication of which local churches were likely to become part of the United Methodist Church when it was formed in 1907 can be found by examining this preaching plan from 1856.