The Churches of Britain and Ireland
Bethlehem Independent Church on Bethlehem Square. It was opened on a Christmas Day, hence the name. © Gerard Charmley (2010).
Horeb Baptist Church (1862). Gerard describes it as "elegant", and I have to agree. Pleasing classical simplicity! © Gerard Charmley (2010).
Moriah Evangelical Church was originally the English Baptist Church. © Gerard Charmley (2010).
Park Street Methodist Church. © Gerard Charmley (2010).
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. © Gerard Charmley (2010).
The former St. James, which stands on Abergavenny Road at SO 2522 0936. Now in commercial use, the Coflein entry dates it to 1913, and also says that it replaced an iron church about 700 metres to the west. Another view. Both © Martin Richter (2012). The Coflein entry for the iron church provides a grid reference of SO 24536 09379, which puts its site in an area of woodland off Estate Road. A 2011 Streetview shows the general area.
A probable former chapel on Broad Street, presently used for band practice. Although it was initially proposed by Janet Gimber that this was Broad Street Methodist Chapel, it has subsequently emerged that although it is on Broad Street, and was (probably) a Methodist chapel, it wasn't THE Broad Street Methodist Chapel. Howard Richter has been studying old maps, and advises that the rather grand Broad Street Methodist Chapel (originally Primitive Methodist) stood a few metres to the right of the one in the photo. Old maps show that the P.M. chapel stood at SO 2533 0902. Although it isn't perfectly clear which building the map is referring to, what seems to be "our" building is identified latterly as "Hall", and on older maps as a Bible Christian Chapel, grid ref. SO 2533 0900. The My Primitive Methodist entry advises that the P.M. chapel was built in 1879, closed in 1966, and demolished six years later. The site can be seen here in a 2011 Streetview. There are Coflein entries for the P.M. Chapel (although it calls it Wesleyan), and the B.C. Chapel (which dates it to 1860, with conversion "by 2001"). One final point - the P.M. Chapel was preceded by an earlier one on King Street, which was sold to the Baptists - this is Bethel Baptist (see above). © Gerard Charmley (2010).
18 March 2020
© Steve Bulman