Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond

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Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond
Bethlehem (Independent Calvinistic) Chapel, Richmond
51°27′33″N 0°18′14″W / 51.4591°N 0.3038°W / 51.4591; -0.3038Coordinates: 51°27′33″N 0°18′14″W / 51.4591°N 0.3038°W / 51.4591; -0.3038,
OS grid reference TQ1793774712
Location Richmond, London
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Independent Calvinistic[1]
Founded 1797[1]
Founder(s) John Chapman[1]
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*[2]

Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond is an independent Calvinistic chapel in Richmond, London. The building, on the east side of Church Terrace,[2] dates from 1797.[3] Grade II* listed,[2] it is small one-storey stuccoed building and retains its original galleried interior with pews and pulpit.[2]


The church was built by John Chapman, a market gardener of Petersham.[1] It was built by subscription and is known as a "Huntington Chapel"[1] as it was opened by Calvinist preacher William Huntington[1][4] who founded or opened chapels throughout England, many of which still survive.[5]

Hansard records a petition to the House of Lords on 14 May 1846 by "Thomas William Dawson, on behalf of the Church and Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond, in favour of the Charitable Trusts Bill".[6]

Services and other activities[edit]

The church is traditional in worship and doctrine and uses the Authorised King James Version of the Bible.[7]

Services are held on Sunday mornings at 11am. There are prayer and Bible study sessions on Thursday evenings at 8pm.[7]

Richmond Messianic Fellowship meets at Bethlehem Chapel on the second and on the last Friday of each month.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "A Brief History". Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond upon Thames". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 519. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  4. ^ Allen, Thomas (1831). A History of the County of Surrey, Volume 2. London: Isaac Taylor Hinton. p. 415. 
  5. ^ Brant, Clare (2004). "Oxford DNB article: Huntington, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14243. Retrieved 20 September 2009.  (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  6. ^ "MINUTES. HL Deb 14 May 1846 vol 86 cc536-7". Hansard. 14 May 1846. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Bethlehem Independent Calvinistic Chapel". Yell. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "British Messianic Jewish Alliance of Fellowships". British Messianic Jewish Alliance. Retrieved 5 April 2013.