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    Question Church? (Bromsgrove) 2011


    I found this building a while back whilst at college and always thought it looked interesting. It looks religious so I thought i'll stick it here.

    Ive tried to find info on the place but not been able to find anything. All that i know of this building is on the last pic.
















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    Interesting sort of place. I'm thinking possibly an old Methodist chapel?

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    [QUOTE=Alansworld;187105 I'm thinking possibly an old Methodist chapel?A[/QUOTE]

    You are correct in your assumption, in one of the photographs you can see what appears to be a balcony support - Balconies being a major feature in many Chapels built in this period. I would also expect there to be a school room attached to the back or side of the building. Education of the Chapel member's children was a major feature of the Movement and was not restricted to Religious studies - many Methodist children went on to do great things in their adult life only because of the education they received in these Chapel school rooms.

    Sadly many have ended up like this example or demolished years ago. Rawdon where I live was the hotbed of the non - Conformist Movement at its start, old maps indicate seven Chapels within a two mile radius if my present cottage. The nearest was fifty yards up the road - now a house. Of the rest only one survives and is still a place of worship. Sadly all the others, which were an important part of the history of the Methodist movement were raised to the ground years ago. Burial grounds and the odd foundations in the woods being the only reminders - At the start, Chapels were built in out of the way places to avoid persecution/trouble.

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    This is the former Hephzibah Primitive Methodist Chapel: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1800765

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamishsfriend View Post
    This is the former Hephzibah Primitive Methodist Chapel: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1800765
    The clue is in what is written on the large round plaque above the central window;)
    Last edited by John_D; 28th Apr 11 at 20:04.

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    Good one, if you had zoomed in on the plaque you would have seen what it was. Always a shame to see chaples get in sutch a state.
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    Thanks everyone for all that info

    I cannot believe that i didn't notice that plack near the top of the chapel. Im so blind

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_D View Post
    The clue is in what is written on the large round plaque above the central window;)
    lol..........................

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