SHROPSHIRE'S NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS

[former] Congregational Chapel, Dodington, Whitchurch [former] Congregational Chapel (later URC), Dodington, Whitchurch
In 1798 a group seceding from the Presbyterian church, q.v., met in a small chapel on the site of the present building. The chapel was described at the time as a "neat place of worship" and was built and fitted up at the expense of Mrs Jane Corrie nee Yate[s], and was built in 1797 & opened on Sunday 18th February 1798. In her old age the chapel was put in the hands of trustees and was enlarged and re-opened on 17th February 1813. Despite donations of £200 the debt remaining on the chapel was still nearly £300. This first chapel was replaced by the chapel in the photograph, at a cost of £2000 and opened on 15th April 1846. The chapel had seating for 600 worshippers. The building was registered for the solemnization of marriages in June 1848. The chapel was described in 1851 as "a handsome, lofty, and commodious edifice of brick, fronted with free stone, and ornamented with a portico supported with pillars of the doric order; the whole has a chastened and beautiful appearance." On Census Sunday 30 March 1851 there were 130 worshippers at their morning service and 184 at their evenng service. In addition there were 70 children at their Sunday School in the morning and 90 in the afternoon. The chapel was renovated in 1892 and £500 was reported in 1903 to have been spent on renovating the chapel. The congregation subsequently joined the United Reformed Church. The building was still in use until recently. It has now closed and an application for change of use was lodged (2008-9). It was de-registered as a place of religious worship in October 2016. The chapel was for sale in 2018. To see a photograph of the chapel taken in the late 19th century, click here.
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