SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Zion Baptist Chapel, Shifnal [former] Zion Baptist Chapel, Shrewsbury Road, Shifnal
The chapel was built in 1843 at a cost of 640 and opened for worship on 15th March 1844. In 1851 it had seating for 300 worshippers. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 it 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 & in 2003 was in a derelict and dangerous condition. It has its own burial ground in front of the chapel, which has two gravestones visible on the right-hand side.
The building bears a resemblance to Bridgnorth Baptist chapel erected in the previous year.
In 1851 there was also a very small Baptist chapel, in Aston Street, built in 1780.

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