The [former] St.Nicholas's Presbyterian Chapel, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury
A Presbyterian congregation was established in the town in 1865, and met in a variety of locations. Eventually a piece of land formerly occupied by old St. Nicholas Chapel at the entrance to the castle was bought from W.J. Clement, M.P. Plans for a chapel were submitted to the Borough Council in January 1869 & after approval, tenders were invited from builders for the erection of the chapel. The foundation stone laying ceremony took place on Tuesday 18 January 1870. On the mallet used in the ceremony was inscribed "Made from oak from St. Nicholas Chapel, Shrewsbury, erected about the ninth century". The chapel, was designed by R.C. Bennett of Weymouth. They built a large chapel on a very small site, reputedly 16 yards square. It was originally intended to have a tower at the west end when funds were available, but this was never done. The chapel opened for worship on the 16th December 1870. The building ceased to be used for religious worship in 1975 when the congregation joined the United Reformed Church in Abbey Foregate. q.v. The chapel is now used for commercial purposes. For a view of the side of the chapel, click here.
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