[former] Baptist Chapel, Market Drayton
[former] Baptist Chapel, Shropshire Street, Market Drayton

This polychrome brick chapel was built in 1870 on a site obtained in November 1868. The foundation stones were laid on Tuesday 4th August 1869 & the chapel opened on the 16th June 1870. It was used until 1955 when the building was sold. It was then used as the Artisan Ballroom for a while. In 2003 (when this photo was taken) the upper floor was being used as the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, and the ground floor was boarded up. By 2008 the ground floor frontage had been restored. There is no denominational or date stone. There had been a previous Baptist chapel (with its own burial ground) in the town, in Salisbury Road, which opened in 1818 and closed in 1843. It re-opened in 1856 and was used until the new chapel (in the photo) was built. It was described in 1869 as "unsightly and out-of-the-way, and pats of it dilapidated".
The Baptists also had a small chapel in Little Drayton built in 1815. In 1851 there were about 20 worshippers meeting there on alternate Sunday mornings.
Grid ref: SJ 673340.

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