SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Birchmeadow Baptist Chapel, Broseley [former] Birchmeadow [Strict and Particular] Baptist Chapel, Broseley
Following a split in the Old Baptist Church in Broseley, George Crompton's house in Harris's Green in Broseley was licensed as a Baptist meeting place on 11th January 1803. On the following 4th October, the Birch Meadow chapel was licensed at the County quarter sessions as a Baptist meeting place. This engraving shows the chapel as it was built. In 1851 it had free seating for 100 people and rented seating for 250 There were 90 people at their morning service and 120 at their evening service on 30 March 1851, together with 69 Sunday scholars. After it ceased to be used for religious worship c.1927 it has been the Elite Cinema, a night-club and during WW2 it was used by the local ARP and Home Guard. Extensions have been added in more recent times. It is now a community centre owned by the Town Council. For a recent view of the chapel, click here.

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