SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Zion Baptist Chapel, Shifnal [former] Zion Baptist Chapel, Shrewsbury Road, Shifnal
On 21 June 1843 a public meeting was held in a barn in Shifnal to encourage proceedings for the erection of a chapel in the village. The chapel (50 ft long & 28 ft wide) was built in 1843 at a cost of 640 (of which about 300 had already been raised) and opened for worship on 15th March 1844; the same day it was certified as a place of religious worship by Charles King, seedsman, of Shifnal. It was described at the time as "exceedingly neat". The collections on the opening day and on the following Sunday amounted to 24 13s. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 it had seating for 300 worshippers, & had 51 worshippers at its morning service and 99 at its evening one. In addition it had 59 children at its Sunday School. The chapel closed c.1890 but reopened the following year. It was never a strong cause and finally closed c.1921. The chapel was used as a magistrates court in the 1940s until 1985. When seen in 2003 it was in a derelict and dangerous condition. It had its own burial ground in front of the chapel, which had two gravestones visible on the right-hand side. The building bore a resemblance to Bridgnorth Baptist chapel erected in the previous year. The chapel was demolished in 2018.
Grid ref: SJ 747078
There was also a very small Particular Baptist congregation, meeting in a chapel in Aston Street. This congregation had been in existence since the beginning of the 18th century. They built a chapel c.1781 & it was licensed on 15th January 1782 at the county quarter sessions by Thomas Foxall, William Foxall, Thomas Scarrott & William Scarrot. In 1841 there was a fundamental split in the congregation which resulted in the formation of a 2nd Baptist church meeting in the Zion chapel (above). In 1851 there were 18 worshippers in the Aston Street chapel at their morning service and 13 at their afternoon one. The chapel closed in 1877.
Grid ref: SJ 750077

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