SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Clive Independent Chapel [former] Clive Independent Chapel
There were reported to have been meetings of Independents from c. 1797 onwards in a cottage in the parish. A chapel was built in 1830 "mainly through the kindness of Miss Martha Deacon" which was described in 1837 as "a small, but neat, Independent Chapel in the village, and what is rather unusual, retains the ancient straw covering," in other words it was thatched. The only one in the county so far discovered. The chapel was replaced by the building in this photograph which was erected in 1844. The commemorative plaque reads "CLIVE INDEPENDENT CHAPEL ERECTED 1844". The chapel was registered as a place of worship on 5th March 1845 by Thomas Newnes. In 1851 there was free seating for 150 people and rented seating for 50. There were 55 attenders at their afternoon service and 33 at their evening service on Census Sunday 30 March 1851, plus 16 Sunday scholars. The building was renovated in 1879. The chapel was registered for solemnizing marriages on 13th August 1926. The chapel closed in the early 1950s, and was de-registered as a place of religious worship on 2nd April 1971. In 2002 it was being used as a garage.
Grid ref: SJ 516244.

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