SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Baptist Chapel, Wem
[former] Baptist Chapel, corner of Market Street & Noble Street, Wem

The first Baptist congregation met in Wem in early 1813, and they took out a lease of a premesis at the end of the High Street, which opened in August 1813. As the premesis was small a chapel was erected in Cripple Street, together with an adjoining house, at a cost of 566, and the chapel was opened on 26th & 27th September 1814. On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 22 worshippers at their morning service and 45 at their evening one. This chapel was replaced by the chapel in the photograph which was built in 1870 on a different site at a cost of just over 1,000. The foundation stone of this chapel was laid on 21st July 1870. It had seating for 260 worshippers. It had closed by 1991 when the congregation took over the former Independent Chapel in Chapel Street, q.v.

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