Ashby Wesley Methodist Church

1128 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

September, 2019

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

On your own

Reasons for trip

John Wesley, the Founder of Methodism was born in Epworth, a few miles to the west of Scunthorpe and the Wesleyan Methodist Society in Ashby was one of the first to be formed. At first members met in each others houses until a chapel was built in 1826. With the rapid population growth in the 1860s when the iron works opened in Scunthorpe, this chapel rapidly became too small for the congregation. A new chapel was built across the road with a Sunday School attached to it. By the end of the C19th, this again was too small and a splendid new chapel was built in 1907 on the other side of the Sunday School. With its impressive brick and stone facade it must have dominated the surrounding area.

The congregation was strictly segregated in early Methodist chapel with men and women entering by different doors and sitting on either side of the chapel. Although Asbhy was built with two door and divided central pews the congregation was never segregated.

A short flight of stone steps leads to the entrance lobby which displays the 1826 date stone from the original chapel. Stairs on either side lead up to the gallery.

It is a very attractive church with a large wooden gallery round three sides. It is dominated by the massive pulpit with the organ above. The small altar is quite insignificant.

Until 1942, families had to pay to rent a pew and the marks for the brass fittings holding the name of the family renting the pew can still be seen on the book ledge. There were a few free pews near the pulpit which faced sideways but these were removed in the Second World War.

The church was originally lit by gas chandeliers and the metal grilles designed to let out the fumes can still be seen in the ceiling.

The main reason to visit the church is for the stained glass windows. Many young men in the congregation volunteered for active service in the First World War and 27 of them were killed. Rather than remember them on a memorial plaque in the church, it was decided to commemorate them in a series of memorial windows. The whole church contributed and has become their memorial.

The central windows have a banner with the inscription “In loving memory of our fallen heros, and our deep gratitude to God for those spared to us”. Above are two crowns with the dates 1914 and 1918. At the top is a lily.

The rest of the windows are simpler with names written on a banner at the base and an art deco design above.

Next to each window is a small booklet with information about the person. These have all been collected into a larger book with details of all the men who died and are commemorated in the windows. Family and friends have contributed memories, pictures and documents. It is a wonderful social history portraying a time of rapid change. There are pictures of parents and family, and details of their occupation. There are photocopies of Attestation Papers and other military documents along with details of where they served. There are also photographs of their memorials in military cemeteries throughout Europe and many of their names are listed on the Menin Gate.

Reading this, is like reading a history of the First World War with names like Ypres, Gallipoli and Jutland. One man went down with Lord Kitchener when HMS Hampshire was sunk off Orkney in 1916.

We had a talk about the windows at the U3A History group earlier this year and Ashby Wesleyan Church has been on my todo list since then. It is not normally open apart from services or as part of the Heritage Open Days Programme. It was well worth visiting and a wonderful memorial to all those young men who died 100 years ago. They still live on here and their stories are very much part of the church.

Pictures of all the windows can be found “here.”:


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.