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hofficoffi: This one has had its day I'm afraid. I really liked the placement but as it has gone twice now I suspect that it won't last long a third time. I'm not placing any more at the moment (and not finding very many at all either) so if the chapel is still available as a CM when I start placing caches again I may look then.


Church Micro 7157...Guildford - Bethel Chapel

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Hidden : 02/14/2015
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Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, Guildford

St Pius X, Guildford

Bethel Chapel, The Bars, Guildford, is a Strict Baptist Chapel. The Church was established in 1879 and the present building opened in 1910.

The congregation started in 1878 when a few people left the Old Baptist Chapel in Castle Street, dissatisfied with the liturgy there. They hired the basement hall in the Ward Street Halls to hold services in, and on 14 April 1879, a Church was formed.

A few months later the Church obtained a piece of land in nearby Martyr Road where they erected a temporary chapel built of corrugated iron and known as 'the Tin Chapel'. The name 'Bethel' was given to the building.

By the early years of the 20th century the church felt the need for a more permanent building. Land was purchased in The Bars, the next road north, where a new chapel was built in red brick with round-headed windows outlined in grey brick. The new Bethel was opened in June 1910, Mr. J.K. Popham of Brighton and Mr. Calcott of Coventry preached at the opening services. The old building was taken over by the Railway Mission.

Due to the enclosed nature of the site most light enters the chapel through a large dormer window above the front door. The whole building has a pleasing arts-and-crafts feeling about it. This building, with schoolroom, hall, vestry and toilets in a sympathetic extension added in 1930, is still in use. The original furnishings, pulpit, pews and so on are all still in place.


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