THE ONLY BLUE HOUSE IN ‘TOWN’
The only blue house in Netherton started life as a Primitive Methodist Chapel, one of four centres of worship in the village during the 19th century. It was built around 1840 by a devout section of the Methodist union who were expelled by the Wesleyan Methodists for wanting to do things differently. Primitive Methodism was born in Staffordshire in 1811 when Hugh Bourne and William Clowes organised "Camp Meetings." These were day-long, open air meetings involving public praying, preaching and sharing a meal together. The Primitive Methodist were passionate about their faith and committed to sharing it with others. Many people were saved, lives were transformed and miracles of healing took place. Their movement was based within communities mostly with working class people, they were key movers in the creation of the Unions and the eventual birth of the Labor party.
The chapels they built were plain and functional, adorned only by the praises they offered to God. It is therefore very sad to acknowledge the demise of this congregation in Netherton and the decision that was made in the 1950s to sell the property to private developers. The original deed was signed by the elders of the congregation on parchment paper with 2 or 3 elders indicating their consent with a cross (presumably because they were illiterate).
The Netherton Lane Chapel was converted into a residential dwelling in the 1950s and further developed in the 60s, with many of the original external features removed and shaped according to the style of the 60s. Internally however the original wooden floor and wooden beams survive, with many interesting features installed to accommodate the needs of different households who have occupied the house through the last few decades. A story relayed by a previous owner gives one an insight into the place it was. While tearing down wall paper in order to re decorate a room the owner was cursing and swearing, only to see that under the wall paper, on the original wall was written the words “praise be the name of the Lord”. Contrition and forgiveness I am sure was sought at that point!
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