Methodists and Primitive Methodists
One thing I failed to squeeze in, was Methodism. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Methodism and Primitive Methodism were powerful forces in rural England. Primitive Methodism especially appealed to labouring and artisan families, and flourished after the religious revival of the 1800s and beyond. They were not popular with the Church of England; not only were they non conformist, they were also threatening to the social order, not dominated by the gentry classes. Anglicans called them r’ranters’, and in nearby Swyncombe threatened to exclude their children from the village school.
There are two chapels in Ewelme, both Methodist and Primitive Methodist, and there are many chapels across the rural; Chilterns. One of them is pictured here, across the Queen’s Pond, and is now a village shop, where cyclists and walkers can also get themselves a bite and a cup of tea,