The Churches of Britain and Ireland
An otherwise unlabelled Chapel is shown on old maps between Bates Hill and William Street, at SP 0400 6771. It was Bates Hill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, and it's dated here (where there is a photo of this very large building) to 1843 to the 1980's. The building on the site today was seen by Streetview in 2022.
A so far unidentified Chapel is shown on old O.S. maps at the junction of Ludlow Road and Evesham Street. SP 0402 6720. Bonham House (2022 Streetview) stands on the site today.
Two more unidentified Chapels stood opposite each other on Ipsley Street. The more northerly, at SP 0441 6742, survives, converted to commercial use. Streetviews from 2017 and 2022 respectively - 1, 2. The site of the other, which stood at SP 0441 6737, now lies beneath part of a carpet warehouse (with the prominent downspout) - 2022 Streetview.
A Congregational Chapel used to stand on Evesham Street at SP 0404 6748. Dated here (where there's a photo) to 1828, it was active until the mid-20th century at least. Its site lies somewhere beneath the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
Crabb's Cross Salvation Army Hall, on Evesham Road. SP 0411 6468. © Paul Brettle. This is not, apparently, a church today - the Redditch S.A. website lists as it as a charity shop. Was it ever a church? The current S.A. church is on Ipsley Street, and it was seen by Streetview in 2022. SP 0419 6731.
The cemetery on Cemetery Lane has two Mortuary Chapels - neither of which can usefully be seen on a Streetview. The chapels show on O.S. maps as Church of England at SP 0362 6718, and Nonconformist at SP 0361 6713. A photo of one of them can be seen here.
Oasis Christian Centre (Pentecostal) (2022 Streetview) is on Plymouth Road. Link, one page of which describes their first place of worship as the Palace Theatre on Alcester Street in 1976 - seen by Streetview in 2018.
The former Primitive Methodist Chapel on Birchfield Road and Chapel Street. SP 0358 6613. © Peter Morgan (2023). Link, which dates it to 1868. A comment at the bottom of the page (quoting another source) says that after the Methodists vacated the building it was for a time New Testament Church of God, closing circa 2008.
St. George the Martyr, on St. George's Road. SP 0484 6767. © Aidan McRae Thomson. Mike Berrell has drawn my attention to this 2012 news item, which says that the church is to close, although no date has been set yet. Grade II listed. Now closed - see disposal notice.
St. Luke on Evesham Road, Headless Cross, and its interior. It's dated here to 1867. SP 0380 6622. Both © Aidan McRae Thomson. Grade II listed. The churchyard war memorial is also listed as grade II. At some point the congregations of St. Luke and a Methodist Congregation merged, creating The Bridge Church, seen by © Peter Morgan in 2023 - 1, 2. Link.
Southcrest Church (Evangelical) on Plymouth Road. The congregation was founded about 100 years ago; the present church was built in 1975. SP 0378 6639. © Richard Roberts (2020). Another view, © Peter Morgan (2023). Link.
The Bridge Church - see St. Luke, above.
18 July 2023
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