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The History of The Wesley Camden Town

Primitive Methodist Chapel

According to the website "My Primitive Methodist Ancestors", this building began life as a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in 1824. It was later sold and rebuilt in 1890, in which the Primitive Methodists took over. It's carried on ever since with varying success, and has been on a downward spiral since the 1980's, in terms of members and building upkeep. 

The above photo is the former Camden Town Primitive Methodist chapel taken from "Handbook of the Primitive Methodist Conference 1908"; Englesea Brook Museum. When it was originally built it was capable of holding a congregation of 850 members, but currently only has around 40. Due to this, the Church has found itself falling into disrepair. 

It is the second hospitality partnership entered into by the Methodist Church, which first opened the Methodist International Centre some 20 years ago before converting it to The Wesley Euston hotel and conference centre in 2012.

A mixed-use project, The Wesley has worked with the church and Manolo & White Architects to create a worship and community space for the church on the lower ground floor of the building along with 38 bedrooms over four further floors.

James Barr, General Manager of both the Wesley hotels, said: "We're delighted to have opened the doors to The Wesley Camden Town, as London's newest boutique hotel. The hotel has perfectly complemented the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and builds on the ethical credentials established over the years at The Wesley London Euston.