SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

Ænon Baptist chapel, Madeley Ænon Baptist Chapel, High Street, Madeley
This Baptist chapel, built of yellow/brown brick, was erected in 1857-8 (to replace their former "small" meeting place; the congregation was described in 1854 as "few and poor, and greatly need help") at a cost of £490 for both the land and the building (the debt remaining at the opening being £340), to a design by Mr W. Davies [or Dawes] of Coalbrookdale. The foundation stone was laid on 25 August 1857, and the chapel opened for worship on Good Friday the 2nd April 1859. In the arched centre bay there is a cast iron tablet bearing the word ÆNON & in the gable above there is a small iron roundel bearing the date 1858. In 1866 the chapel debt had been reduced to £166. c.1880 they were reported to have had about 100 worshippers and a membership of about 30. The chapel is still in use in 2020 & in good condition, the interior having been refurbished in 2000. There is a Baptist Sunday School built (at a cost of £800) in 1931 to the left of the chapel but not visible in this photograph.
Grid ref: SJ 697044

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