SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Shrewsbury Baptist Chapel, Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury [former] Shrewsbury Baptist Chapel, Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury
Following a split in the Baptist congregation meeting in Claremont Street in 1827, the breakaway group bought a site on the NW side of Castle Foregate. Following an advertisement for a builder to erect the chapel to designs to be seen at the premises of S. Bickerton in Castle Street, building of a chapel commenced in June 1829. The chapel was 53' long by 45' wide & backed directly onto a stream. The chapel opened on Good Friday 9th April 1830. £50 1s. 6d. was collected at the opening services. On 10th February 1831 the River Severn rose to "alarming heights" and the new chapel was inundated, "the water covered the tops of the pews". Unfortunately the chapel was in the way of the new railway line to the north so was taken down in the late 1840s. They then met in a building in Austin Street where on Census Sunday in March 1851 they had 67 and 81 worshippers at their two services in the morning & evening respectively. In 1858 they leased the former Quaker meeting house on St. John's Hill & on Good Friday 22nd April 1859 they formed themselves into a church, meeting there. When the lease on the building ran out, they had to fill up the baptistry & restore the floor. They eventuallay rejoined Claremont Street Baptist Church in 1872.
Grid ref: SJ 493132

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