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    Default Loxley Congregational Chapel - July 2016



    The Visit
    Managed to get into here a few week before it got burnt down and I am glad I did, was a enjoyable explore for a first outing even though it was trashed inside.

    History
    Loxley Chapel was built in 1787 by the Rev Benjamin Greaves who was the curate of Bradfield, along with a few friends. The chapel closed in 1993 after the parish had dwindled to an unsustainable amount. When the construction of the chapel had been completed, consecration was to be refused because the builders declined to put in an east window for unknown reasons. It was later sold at auction for approximately 315 and thus became an independent chapel. According to a religious census of 1851, an average congregation at an afternoon service was 200 and it had started performing baptisms in 1799. The first officer onboard the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde was reportidly christened here



    In its later life, the chapel became known as the Loxley United Reformed / Independent Church. It is a grade 2 listed building and has been on English Heritage at risk register since August 1985

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    Quote Originally Posted by HughieD View Post
    Probably one of the last pre-fire reports.
    Yea I think it was about a week later it got set on fire, bloody shame.

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    Nice work and nice timing.

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    It could have been saved. Photographed and recorded for history.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    I do wonder what it felt like to be the organist, and turn the blower off for that final time? Or to put the key in the lock, knowing you would never open it again?

    It's the same with factories. Many people spent their entire working lives in one place, and to be the final person to leave must have been crushing. I think that is why these places retain their atmosphere, irrespective of the damage done by the chavs.

    Thank you for posting this.
    A glooming peace, this morning with it brings. The sun for sorrow dare not show its face

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    Was really angry this place got torched. Just from these pics you can see just how quickly it was going down hill. Lost forever. At least we have these records.

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