[former] The Old Chapel (Independent), Arthur Street, Oswestry
This chapel was built in 1830, and replaced a chapel which was originally built in 1750 (at a cost of about £200) on the same site, which opened in July of that year. It was enlarged in 1783, a gallery added in in 1794 and enlarged again in 1808. In 1851 the 1830 chapel had seating for 600-700 worshippers. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 270 worshippers at their morning service and 292 at their evening one. The pews were arranged in a semi-circle, and there was a gallery. It was described at the time as a "commodious and well built brick structure, with stone finishings, and a portico of the Doric order, which gives it a chaste appearance". For a drawing of the chapel made c. 1850, click here.This chapel was itself replaced by a new chapel (called Christ Church) on a better site in 1872. This photograph was taken at the end of the 19th century. For a modern photograph (2003) click here.
Grid ref: SJ 289297