SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

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

This polychrome brick chapel was built in 1870 and 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.
The Baptists also had a small chapel in Little Drayton in 1851 where members met on alternate Sundays.
Grid ref: SJ 673340.

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