[former] Independent Chapel,Castle Gates, Shrewsbury [former] Independent Chapel, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury
In 1843 56 members of Swan Hill Congregational Chapel resigned their membership and vowed to build themselves a new chapel on the other side of town. On 25th June 1844 the foundation stone of this chapel was laid and a glass bottle was put into a cavity which contained silver and copper coins of the current year and several parchment manuscripts. The chapel was registered for worship on the 29th February 1845 by Samuel L. Lewin of Shrewsbury and was officially opened on the 4th March 1845. It measured 50 ft x 41 and cost £3,000 to build. It had a capacity of 572 sittings. The chapel was designed by D. R. Hill of Birmingham and built by James Griffiths of Oswestry. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 they had 264 worshippers at their morning service and 406 at their evening one, plus 100 Sunday scholars in the morning. The chapel was enlarged in 1862. In the 1860s they bought a harmonium and in the early 1870s they installed an organ. At their 50 year jubilee in 1895 stained glass was put in the windows. As the chapel was on a very restricted site, it was decided to build a new more spacious chapel on Coton Hill in 1908-9. The chapel was subsequently used for commercial purposes, including a cinema, and is now shop premises. The facade has been considerably altered, but the inscription on the parapet is still extant. For a photograph taken in the late 19th century, click here
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