The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Chesham, Buckinghamshire    

Chesham on Wikipedia.

All photos Les Needham.

My appreciation to Neil Rees for additional information on several of these churches.

Broadway Baptist Church (1901) on The Broadway. SP 9592 0173. Link.

The former Zion Baptist Chapel on Red Lion Street was closed in 1968, when the congregation joined forces with Trinity Baptist Church (for which see below), a short distance to the south. SP 9600 0140. Les Needham.

Chesham Methodist Church on Bellingdon Road. It pre-dates a map of 1960. SP 9587 0201. Les Needham. Link.

Chesham Spiritualist Church meets in Sun House on Church Street. It was seen by Streetview in 2021. SP 9580 0150. Link.

Christ Church at Waterside. SP 9643 0087. Les Needham. Link. Grade II listed.

Emmanuel Church on Berkhampstead Road. Older maps (e.g. 1898) label it as Mission Room. SP 9622 0225. Les Needham. Link.

Friends' Meeting House on Bellingdon Road, as seen by Streetview in 2021. SP 9591 0194. Link. Grade II listed.

Hope Church is on Great Hivings and Upper Belmont Road, and was seen by Streetview in 2016. SP 9551 0342. Link.

The cemetery on Bellingdon Road has a Mortuary Chapel. Not visible on Streetview, there's a good photo on the cemetery website. SP 9594 0245. There is (or was) another mortuary chapel at the eastern end of the cemetery at SP 9612 0239, but I think it's been demolished.

Newtown Evangelical Baptist Church. It has been re-named simply as Newtown Baptist Church, as can be seen from a Streetview of 2021. SP 9629 0264. Les Needham. Link.

St. Columba (R.C.) on Berkhampstead Road. SP 9629 0289. Les Needham. Link.

St. Mary. SP 9567 0152. Les Needham. Another view, and the interior and font seen from the west door, both from old postcard in Christopher Skottowe's Collection. Link. Grade I listed.

Salvation Army. SP 9612 0199. Les Needham. Since Les took his photo, the Army has left - the building was (in 2021) a nursery. This seems to have happened in the mid-2010's.

Trinity Baptist Church on Red Lion Street and Punch Bowl Lane, built as Hinton Particular Baptist Church in 1897. Another view. It replaced an earlier building on the same site. This link says that the congregation formed in 1701. Neil Rees advises that the 1897 building consists of the chapel on the corner, and the hall, later joined to the chapel by the atrium. Not seen in these photos is an older building, at the rear of the chapel. SP 9603 0136. Both Martin Richter (2011). Link.

U.R.C. on The Broadway, labelled on older maps as Congregational. It's dated here to 1866, on the site of a older  Independent Chapel. SP 9603 0175. Les Needham. Link.





09 March 2022

Steve Bulman

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