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Pendeen church 1912

A network of small chapels provided the focal point for people’s spiritual life.

In the 19th century, when new mines were developed and a mining village sprang up to house the miners and their families, Methodism grew too. Methodist chapels remain a visible mark of nineteenth-century industrial life. By 1851, Cornwall had a higher proportion of Methodist members and chapel-goers than any other part of England. The important message of Methodism, with its simple doctrine of justification through faith and that all can be saved, brought comfort, hope and security to a population which faced daily dangers in the hazardous environment of metal mines and increasing uncertainty in a world being rapidly reshaped by industrialisation.


Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Geevor Archive

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