The handful of individual dissenters known before the 19th century
were members of churches elsewhere: probably
Burwell-Soham in 1676, (fn. 69) and Isleham in
1781. (fn. 70)
The Primitive Methodists were the first
organized group in the parish, active perhaps
from 1829 and building a small flint and brick
chapel at the north end of Saxon Street in 1835 (fn. 71)
as part of the Wickhambrook (Suff.) circuit. (fn. 72)
By 1851 attendance reached 100 in the mornings
and 200 in the afternoons, more than the parish
church. (fn. 73) The chapel was important in spreading the Methodist word in south-east
Cambridgeshire. (fn. 74) With outside help the congregation bought a site on the corner of Saxon
Street and Cheveley Road, where in 1884 it
opened a red- and yellow-brick chapel rather
more showy than its nearby Anglican rival. (fn. 75) It
remained open in 2001.
A Particular Baptist chapel opened on the
south side of Little Ditton in 1870 and attracted
a congregation of 40 in 1873, but closed c.
1896. (fn. 76)
The pastor of the Cheveley Congregationalists
built a corrugated-iron mission hall on the
Stetchworth road west of Ditton Green in 1882.
It throve in the early 20th century with 28 adult
members and a Sunday school of 64 in 1910,
and had its own resident minister in the 1950s,
but by then membership had already dwindled,
and the chapel closed in 1966 and was
demolished. (fn. 77)
Compton Census, ed. Whiteman, 232; below, Burwell,
nonconf.; Soham, nonconf.
Isleham Church Bk. 1693-1805 (C.R.S. vi), 198.
||G.R.O., RG 31/2, Sudbury archdeac. nos. 665, 773;
inscription on bldg. (now Chapel Cottage; identifiable as the
chapel from position in P.R.O., RG 9/1031, ff. 163v.-172v.).
C.R.O. Annual Rep. (1983), 15.
||P.R.O., HO 129/189, f. 6; cf. above, church.
||e.g. above, Cheveley, nonconf.
||R. S. Blair, Reaching the Masses (1884), 112-15 (copy
in Newham (Lond.) Local Hist. Libr.).
Kelly's Dir. Cambs. (1875-96); O.S. Maps 1/2,500,
Cambs. XLIX. 3 (1886, 1901 edns.); C.U.L., E.D.R., C
3/24; C 3/31; C 3/39.
Congregational Year Bk. (1895 and later edns.,
sampled at 5-year intervals); C.R.O., cat. of docs. elsewhere,
s.v. Cheveley Congregational Mission; Kelly's Dir. Cambs.
(1883 and later edns.); O.S. Map 1/2,500, Cambs. XLIX. 6
(1885 edn.); cf. above, Cheveley, nonconf.