Newport : Methodist Church (Bible Christian)


photo - Alan Kimber

The Bible Christian Chapel (now Methodist Church) in Newport was built in the late 1870s by Isaac Barton, to the design of the Architect Frederick Mew.

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Foundation stone
photo - G Lane


Isle of Wight Observer 12 Apr 1879
Bible Christian Chapel
This Memorial Stone was laid
the 8th of April 1879 by
Francis Pittis Esq., J.P.
Mayor of this Borough
Frederick Mew, Archt. Isaac Barton, Builder.



BAILEY, William Metherall
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM METHERALL BAILEY,
WHO WAS BORN AS JACOBSTOWE, CORNWALL,
MAY 21ST 1795,
AND DIED AT SHANKLIN, MARCH 2ND 1873.
FOR FIFTY TWO YEARS A HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND
USEFUL MINISTER OF THE BIBLE CHRISTIANS.
HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PREACHERS THEY SENT
TO THIS ISLAND WHERE HE SPENT A GREAT PORTION
OF HIS VALUABLE LIFE, AND SUCCEEEDED IN
WINNING MANY SOULS FOR CHRIST, AND FORMING
SEVERAL SOCIETIES.
"His works do follow him."
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY FRIENDS
WHO REVERE HIS MEMORY.

WHITE & SONS, LANDPORT.




BULLEN, Robert


Isle of Wight County Press 12 Oct 1912
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
ROBERT BULLEN, J.P.
WHO DIED ON OCTOBER 23RD 1912, AGED 78 YEARS.
HE WAS FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS
AN ARDENT SUPPORTER OF THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
IN THE ISLE OF WIGHT,
AND RENDERED VALUABLE SERVICE AS LOCAL PREACHER,
SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT,
TEMPERANCE ADVOCATE AND CIRCUIT STEWARD.
MAINLY THORUGH HIS INSTRUMENTALITY CHURCHES
WERE ERECTED AT NEWPORT, ARRETON, PORCHFIELD,
WOOTTON, BOWCOMBE AND TOTLAND BAY, ALSO
GUNVILLE, FOR WHICH HE ACTED AS TREASURER.
HE ALSO SERVED ON CONNEXIONAL COMMITTEES.
"Peace, perfect peace."

T & E.W. JENKINS, NEWPORT.




DOWNER, Lilian Kate
DOWNER, Florence Mary



Isle of Wight County Press 14 Feb 1953


Isle of Wight County Press 25 Aug 1945
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
MRS. LILIAN K. DOWNER
BRON 7 SEPTEMBER 1872
DIED 3 FEBRUARY 1953
AND
MISS FLORENCE M. DOWNER
BORN 6 JANUARY 1881
DIED 20 AUGUST 1945
MEMBERS AND DEVOTED WORKERS
IN THIS CHURCH AND SCHOOL
THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFETIME





FLEMING, Sir Frank


Isle of Wight County Press 27 Feb 1915
IN MEMORY OF
FRANK FLEMING
LATE OF MARVEL
DIED FEBRUARY 21: 1915, AGED 77 YEARS.
FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS
AN HONOURED LOCAL PREACHER
OF THE LATE
BIBLE CHRISTIAN CONNEXION.
I NEED NOT BE MISSED IF ANOTHER SUCCEED ME
TO REAP DOWN THOSE FIELDS WHICH IN SPRING I HAVE SOWN,
HE WHO PLOUGHED AND WHO SOWED IS NOT MISSED BY THE REAPERS
HE IS ONLY REMEMBERED BY WHAT HE HAS DONE.

H OSBORNE, FECIT, RYDE.




FLEMING, Lady Mary Rose


Isle of Wight County Press 18 Sep 1948
IN MEMORY OF
ROSE
MARY FLEMING,
For many years
a Member of this Church.
BORN MARCH 5TH 1879,
DIED SEPTR. 15TH 1948.


Credits : all photos and transcriptions by Geoff Allan, except where stated