HISTORY OF SOMERBY
There are said to have been
Methodists in Somerby from the 18th century, making it the oldest
surviving place of worship in the Rutland/Leicestershire part of the circuit.
In 1797 when a chapel was built
at Melton Mowbray, William Newton and George Roberts of Somerby were Trustees.
George Roberts’ farmhouse is noted as being the authorised place of worship.
Somerby appears on a circuit plan of the Leicester circuit in 1816 when a
service was held fortnightly at 2 pm. By 1822 it had become part of the Melton
The first chapel was at the
Pickwell end of the village and covered the areas of Owston, Knossington,
Burrough on the Hill and Pickwell.
By 1840 there were 34 in
membership and in 1842 a new chapel was erected, probably in Chapel Lane (now a
There may have been both
Primitive and Wesleyan Chapels in Somerby in the 19th century but in
1932 there was a national amalgamation into The Methodist Church.
A new chapel was built in the 20th
century on Main Street and a hall added in 1956.
In the early 2000’s the chapel
was sold and the hall was converted as the worship area and for multi use.
information taken from History of Wesleyan Methodism in Melton Mowbray and
Vicinity by Josiah Gill 1909 Melton
information may be found in the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and