Original building dates from 1794/5 (the 1851 census gave 1798).
'Restructured' 1846; the original slate roof is still intact. The 1851 religious census
stated there were 149 seats and an average attendance of 80 S/S scholars at the morning service, 170 at the afternoon
and 180 at the evening service. John Kermode, Steward.
Jean Wilkinson, (Secretary & Treasurer to Ballafesson Methodist Church Council) generously provided the following
description.The original chapel was built 1794. The present chapel was rebuild on the site in 1846. Prior to the
plastering of the chapel, a twelve foot long Spanish Head lintel could be seen in the wall nearest the road, and
at the front of the chapel, doors were fitted below the lintel and that part of the building was used to house the
preachers horse and acted as a loose box.
The cost of rebuilding the chapel was about £150, but it would appear from old records, that not all the seating
as we remember the chapel was done at that time, but further seating and the rise was added at various times down
through the years. No mention of heating was made when the chapel was rebuilt, and it was 1887 that the purchase
of a stove appears in the treasurers cash book along with the purchase of coal.
The original slate roof, the slates being held in place by hard wood pegs, and laid in mortar to prevent rattle
in the wind was still in place until 2005 when it was replaced.
The preachers vestry was built in 1947 at a cost of £230. At a special Trustees meeting held on 9th May 1949
the alterations to the chapel as we know it today were discussed. The chapel was to be closed while the work was
in progress, but Mr T. Qualtrough offered the use of a hut in his yard while this was going on. The re-opening Services
of the Chapel were held on Thursday, 12th January 1950. The ceremony of opening the door was carried out by Mr Alf
Clague, and the Service at 3pm conducted by the Rev. Elgar James, Chairman of the District, assisted by Rev. Temple
Bone who was the resident Minister. Tea was served at Mr Qualtroughs hut. The refurbishment of the chapel
included using pitchpine pews, chair seats and pulpit from Bridge Road, Ballasalla Methodist Chapel.
The stone laying of the Sunday School took place on Tuesday, 29th July 1952. The opening of the Sunday School was
on Thursday, March 19th 1953. Divine worship was held in the chapel at 3pm with the Rev. James Moorehouse being
the preacher. At 4pm Mrs Percy Shaw declared the Sunday School open and a service of dedication was conducted by
Rev. Leslie Smith.