List of Strict Baptist churches

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This is a list of Strict Baptist churchessuch people are referred to as Strict and Particular Baptists. The term 'strict' refers to the strict or closed position held with regard to membership and communion.

Gospel Standard churches[edit]

Many Strict Baptist churches are affiliated with and recognized by the publishers of the Gospel Standard,[1] a Strict Baptist magazine first published in 1835. Churches that align themselves with the Gospel Standard Magazine are known as "Gospel Standard Baptists" or "Gospel Standard Strict Baptists".[2][3]

Outside the United Kingdom[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Congregation Town Image Notes
Bethel Chapel Allington
Zoar Chapel Ashwell
Jireh Chapel Attleborough
Hope Chapel Barton-le-Clay
Old Bexley Baptist Chapel Bexley Old Bexley Baptist Chapel - - 853622.jpg
Ebenezer Chapel Biddenden Biddenden Ebenezer Chapel, Bound's Cross - - 1524187.jpg The Chapel was built in 1880 by James Hickmott, a local farmer and a deacon at Tilden Chapel in Smarden. John Kemp of Wadhurst in Sussex was invited to become its first pastor.[6]
Providence Chapel Biggleswade
Providence Chapel Birkenhead
Bierton Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel Bierton The church was formed in 1832 and the trust deed referred to its place of worship as a School Room.

This was enlarged in 1835. The witness signature on the trust deed is a Mr Warberton. Jr. The Bierton church became a listed Gospel Standard cause in 1982 [7] and the Gospel Standard Articles of Religion and Rules were adopted by the church. The final worship meeting at the chapel was held on 22 December 2002 . And the trust deed was given to the Association of Grace Baptist Churches Limited who registered the property in their name in order to sell the chapel. The Chapel is now listed as a monument and is a domestic dwelling

Hope Chapel Blackboys Hope Strict Baptist Chapel, Blackboys, East Sussex (Geograph Image 1646905 83c375f5).jpg This red-brick Vernacular-style building is build in 1875. The walls are rendered. From its inception, it has catered for Gospel Standard Baptists.[8][9]
Strict Baptist Chapel Blunsdon Hill
Ebenezer Chapel Bodle Street Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Bodle Street Green, East Sussex (Geograph Image 367160 05dc5778).jpg An Independent Baptist congregation was founded here in 1835 by a Horsham-based preacher. The present chapel is aligned to the Gospel Standard movement and was built in 1864. It is timber-framed, partly weatherboarded and rendered, and has been extended several times. There is a gable above the entrance porch.[9][10][12][13]
Mount Zion Chapel Bournemouth Bournemouth, Mount Zion Baptist Chapel - - 617882.jpg
Zion Chapel Brabourne Lees Zion Strict Methodist Chapel, Brabourne Lees, UK.jpg
Salem Chapel Braintree
Galeed Chapel Brighton Galeed Strict Baptist Chapel, Gloucester Road, Brighton (April 2013).JPG
Brixton Tabernacle Stockwell Rd, Brixton,

S London

The church was started in 1867. The current (3rd) chapel, which was opened in 1975, is almost opposite the site of the previous chapel now the skate-board park
Rehoboth Chapel Bromley
Strict Baptist Chapel Broughton Gifford Broughton Gifford Baptist Chapel - - 131563.jpg The Broughton Gifford Strict Baptist Chapel is founded in 1806. Dressed limestone, Welsh slate hipped roof. Entrance in gable end facing road. Two-storey, 3-window front with lean-to porch with double planked doors, round-arched fixed window either side, gallery over with three round-arched windows. Right and left returns have two round-arched windows with central mullions. Single-storey schoolroom attached to rear with 16-pane sashes and planked doors, rear window to chapel blocked. English Heritage Building ID: 433419
Zoar Chapel Canterbury Zoar Chapel - - 983725.jpg
Salem Chapel Carshalton
Old Baptist Chapel Chippenham Old Baptist Chapel, Chippenham - - 382875.jpg
Strict Baptist Chapel Clifton
Strict Baptist Chapel Colnbrook
Strict Baptist Chapel Coppice Coppice Baptist Chapel - - 268687.jpg
Cranbrook Strict Baptist Chapel Cranbrook The Particular Baptist Chapel, Cranbrook - - 1500977.jpg The Cranbrook Strict Baptist Chapel, is a Strict Baptist place of worship in the town of Cranbrook in the English county of Kent. The chapel was built in 1787. Grade II, ID 169067
Providence Chapel Croydon Providence Chapel, West Street, Croydon - - 795094.jpg
Zoar Chapel Dicker Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel, Lower Dicker.JPG Originally called The Dicker Chapel, this 400-capacity building dates from 1837. On a main road in a remote spot, it serves a wide area and had extensive stables for worshippers arriving on horseback. The Classical-style stuccoed brick chapel, enlarged and refronted in 1874, has a pediment, porch and pilasters.[10][14]
Providence Chapel East Peckham Providence Baptist Chapel - - 1212180.jpg
Grove Road Strict Baptist Church Eastbourne Grove Road Strict Baptist Church, Eastbourne (October 2012).JPG J.J. Skinner's 1881 red brick and stone chapel replaced an earlier Strict Baptist place of worship, Marsh Chapel, which was founded in the first few years of the 19th century. Reordering was carried out inside in 2002. The church is aligned with the Gospel Standard movement.[10][17]
Strict Baptist Chapel Fenstanton
Providence Chapel Gravesend
Hope Chapel Great Yeldham Hope Baptist Chapel, Great Yeldham, Essex - - 226460.jpg Built in 1875, this red-brick Vernacular-style building is attached to a house. The walls are rendered. From its inception, it has catered for Gospel Standard Baptists.[8][9]
Strict Baptist Chapel Grove Strict Baptist Chapel, Grove - - 250827.jpg
Bethel Chapel Guildford Guildford Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, The Bars, Guildford (April 2014, from Northwest) (1).JPG The Bethel Chapel, The Bars, Guildford, is a Strict Baptist Chapel affiliated to the Gospel Standard group of Strict & Particular Baptist churches.[18] The Church was established in 1879 and the present building opened in 1910.[19] Bethel still adheres to its original Articles of Faith and worship is conducted much as it was a century ago.[20]
Zoar Chapel Handcross Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel, Handcross.jpg A round-windowed, red and yellow brick building of 1888 replaced the village's first Baptist chapel, first recorded in 1782. The chapel's congregation is aligned with the Gospel Standard movement.
Cave Adullam Chapel Haslingden Cave Adullam Church 1859 Chapel Street - - 472954.jpg
Ebenezer Chapel Haynes Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Haynes, Beds - - 174067.jpg
Jireh Chapel Haywards Heath Jireh Strict Baptist Chapel, Haywards Heath.jpg Sussex has many 19th-century Independent and Baptist chapels in this Vernacular style: a tiled, gabled roof, porch, and red-brick walls with round-arched windows. This example was built in 1879 by William Knight, a horticulturist who was also the chapel's first pastor. It is a Gospel Standard movement chapel.[10][21][22]
Ebenezer Chapel Heathfield (Broad Oak) Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Broad Oak, near Heathfield.JPG An Independent Baptist congregation was founded here in 1835 by a Horsham-based preacher. The present chapel is aligned to the Gospel Standard movement and was built in 1864. It is timber-framed, partly weatherboarded and rendered, and has been extended several times. There is a gable above the entrance porch.[9][10][12]
Ebenezer Chapel Horam Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Pick Hill, Horam, East Sussex (Geograph Image 267602 9cc6434d).jpg Also known as Pick Hill Chapel, this small, isolated building was opened in 1873 to replace an earlier chapel founded in about 1849 by Eli Page. It has been aligned with the Gospel Standard Baptist movement since 1864. The Vernacular-style structure has an entrance porch.[10][11]
Hope Chapel Horsham Hope Strict Baptist Chapel, Oakhill Road, Horsham.jpg Horsham's second Strict Baptist chapel had its origins in meetings in a public hall in March 1900. The congregation moved several times, but on 2 December 1903 their new red-brick square-windowed chapel on Oakhill Road was inaugurated, and worship has continued there ever since. The three founders were from Kent.
Providence Chapel Irthlingborough
Rehoboth Chapel Jarvis Brook Rehoboth Strict Baptist Chapel, Jarvis Brook, Crowborough.JPG This red- and blue-brick building dates from 1876. Its Gospel Standard Strict Baptist congregation, originally founded in 1852, maintains links with the Forest Fold chapel on the other side of Crowborough. Seceders from that chapel founded the Jarvis Brook cause in 1852; they met in a schoolroom at first.
Strict Baptist Chapel Kirkland
Strict Baptist Chapel Lakenheath
Strict Baptist Chapel Lamberhurst Lamberhurst Strict Baptist Chapel - - 1513085.jpg
Mount Zion Chapel Leatherhead Mount Zion Chapel, Church Road, Leatherhead.JPG
Ebenezer Chapel Leeds Ebenezer Chapel - 7 Rodley Lane - - 459097.jpg
Zion Chapel Leicester
Evington Chapel Leicester
Strict Baptist Chapel Little Downham
Bethel Chapel Luton
Ebenezer Chapel Luton
Priory Chapel Maidstone
Strict Baptist Chapel Manchester
Ebenezer Church Matfield Ebenezer Church, Matfield - - 1436191.jpg
Strict Baptist Chapel Mayfield and Five Ashes Mayfield Baptist Chapel, Mayfield.JPG This 250-capacity building has a much smaller congregation than in its 19th-century heyday, but remains in use. It has stood on its village-centre corner site since 1873, but Baptist worship in the Mayfield area has a much longer history.[10][23][24][25]
Ebenezer Chapel Melksham Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Melksham - - 1344951.jpg The Ebenezer Chapel, is a Strict Baptist place of worship in the town of Melksham in the English county of Wiltshire. The chapel was built in 1835.[27] It has been a Grade II listed building since 1985.[28]
Hope Chapel Mount Bures
Providence Chapel Northampton
Zoar Chapel Norwich
Hope Chapel Nottingham
Strict Baptist Chapel Oakington
Ebenezer Chapel Ossett
Salem Chapel Portsmouth Salem Baptist Chapel - - 693555.jpg Salem Chapel is in the Buckland area of the city. It was registered for the solemnisation of marriages in June 1970.[29]
Zion Chapel Prestwood Zion Strict Baptist Chapel, Prestwood - - 1197677.jpg Strict Baptist Chapel, Prestwood. This neat looking chapel, which dates from 1950, is situated in Kiln Road, Prestwood, HP16 9DH. The cemetery is across the road from the chapel
Zoar Chapel Reading Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel - - 1947078.jpg
Hope Chapel Redhill Hope Chapel, Redhill - - 725895.jpg
Ebenezer Chapel Richmond
Ebenezer Chapel Ripley Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Newark Lane, Ripley (May 2014) (3).JPG This chapel was built in 1812 and is still used for worship.
Hope Chapel Rochdale
Zoar Chapel Romford
Providence Chapel Rotherfield Providence Strict Baptist Chapel, Rotherfield.JPG Baptist worship began in Rotherfield in 1823, but the congregation split in the 1850s and seceders founded Providence Chapel in 1858. After early difficulties, the cause prospered (whereas the original "Bethel Chapel" folded in the 1870s), and it has been part of the Gospel Standard movement since the 1890s. The red-brick, stone-quoined chapel has arched windows.[10][30]
Bethel Chapel Rye Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, Rye.JPG This distinctive Neoclassical building—stuccoed, with the name bethel inscribed above the porch—retains the appearance it had in 1858, when it was built. Charlotte Smith, the wife of a former Mayor of Rye, founded it after experiencing a spiritual conversion.[10][31][34]
Strict Baptist Church Scayness Hill Scaynes Hill Strict Baptist Church (Geograph Image 1947775 d0f8d55f).jpg The village's small Strict Baptist chapel dates from 1875 and was extended in 2008. The red-brick building, with round-headed, segmental-arched windows, stands just north of St Augustine of Canterbury Church. It is aligned with the Gospel Standard Baptist movement.[10]
Hope Chapel Sedgley
Moden Hill Chapel Sedgley
Providence Chapel Shoreham by Sea Providence Strict Baptist Chapel, Shoreham-by-Sea.jpg This small stuccoed building, in a simple Classical style with deeply recessed windows, was opened in 1867 to replace a nearby meeting room. The chapel is aligned with the Gospel Standard movement.[38]
Rehoboth Chapel Sible Hedingham
Ebenezer Baptist Church Silverhill, Hastings Ebenezer Baptist Church, Silverhill, Hastings.JPG This small brick building on the Ponswood industrial estate was originally a Gospel Hall used by Plymouth Brethren. It is now aligned with the Gospel Standard Baptist movement.[39]
Bethel Chapel South Chard Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel - - 1311776.jpg
Bethel Chapel South Moreton Baptist Chapel - - 78908.jpg
Bethesda Chapel Southampton
Strict Baptist Chapel Southery
Southill Strict Baptist Chapel Southill Strict Baptist Chapel, Southill, Beds - - 172165.jpg Strict Baptist Chapel, Southill, Beds. The chapel was built in the High Street in 1805; the cause was founded in 1693.
Providence Chapel Staplehurst Providence Street Baptist Chapel - - 1263768.jpg
Hope Chapel Stotfold Hope (Strict Communion) Baptist Chapel, Stotfold. - - 95196.jpg
Little Zoar Chapel Studley
Strict Baptist Chapel Swanwick Shore Swanwick Shore Strict Baptist Chapel - - 1436468.jpg The Swanwick Shore Strict Baptist Chapel is built in 1844. The chapel stands on the junction of Quay Lane and Bridge Road in the Swanwick Shore conservation area.
Strict Baptist Chapel Swavesey
Rehoboth Chapel Swindon Strict Baptist Chapel, Prospect Hill, Swindon - - 508372.jpg
Jireh Chapel Tenterden Jirah Chapel - - 1747958.jpg
Providence Chapel Thurlstone
Hanover Chapel Tunbridge Wells Hanover Chapel, Hanover Rd - - 1155548.jpg
Foresters Strict Baptist Chapel Uckfield Uckfield Strict Baptist Chapel.JPG The 1789 Baptist church in Uckfield, originally Strict Baptist, had a General Baptist pastor by the early 20th century. Strict Baptist members of the congregation seceded in 1920 and founded a new chapel next to Foresters Hall in the south of the town. The Gospel Standard movement is followed.[10][31]
Strict Baptist Chapel Uffington Chapel Lane, Uffington - - 645402.jpg
Wattisham Strict Baptist Chapel (not in The Gospel Standard)[clarification needed] Wattisham Wattisham Strict Baptist Chapel - - 1246062.jpg In 1780 a permanent chapel was built on the current site.[41] In 1825[42] it was replaced by the current building under the pastorate of John Cooper.[citation needed]
Bethel Chapel Wivelsfield Wivelsfield Strict Baptist Chapel 6.JPG The cause was founded in 1763 by members of a chapel at nearby Ditchling; Henry Booker and other worshippers seceded and began to meet at Wivelsfield after hearing a sermon by George Whitefield. Although some members of the new church soon returned to the Ditchling congregation, the cause thrived under Booker's leadership, and the present chapel—a building of "quiet and unassuming elegance"[43] set in its own graveyard—was erected in 1780. It has served the Strict Baptist community continuously since then, and members founded other chapels elsewhere in Sussex during the 18th and 19th centuries. English Heritage has listed the building at Grade II for its architectural and historical importance.
Waddesdon Hill Strict Baptist Chapel Waddesdon Build by Francis Cox in 1792 and the trust deed described the worshipers as Calvinistic Protestant Deserters. The Church was a Gospel Standard listed cause but was close for worship in 1974.[44] The trust deed was given to The Association of Strict Baptist Churches in 1982 who sold it to The Friend of Friendless Churches. The last commemoration meeting was held at the chapel 16 August 2014 and was televised.

Other Strict Baptist churches[edit]

The term Strict Baptist was used up until recent decades by other sizeable groups of Calvinistic Baptist churches in England that did not adhere to the Gospel Standard Articles or Magazine. Many were members of regional Strict Baptist Associations,[3] but from about 1980 onwards assemblies, regional associations, and charities connected with this movement gradually adopted the appellation "Grace Baptist".[45][46][47] Lists of churches can be found on the websites of the various regional Grace Baptist associations.

The churches listed below were added to this section before the above information about Grace Baptists, and may well be unrelated.


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  4. ^ "Providence Strict Baptist Church". Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hope Strict Baptist Church". Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Clarke 2012, p.201,
  8. ^ a b Elleray 2004, p. 4.
  9. ^ a b c d Homan 1997, p. 276.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "List of Chapels and Times of Services" (PDF). Gospel Standard Trust Publications. 2009. Archived from the original on 14 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c Chambers 1954, p. 94.
  12. ^ a b Stell 2002, pp. 356–357.
  13. ^ a b Chambers 1954, pp. 64–65.
  14. ^ Elleray 2004, p. 53.
  15. ^ Smith 2003, pp. 34–35.[full citation needed]
  16. ^ Chambers 1954, p. 92.
  17. ^ "Strict Baptist Chapel (Eastbourne, St Saviour & St Peter)". Sussex On-line Parish Clerks (OPC). 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Alan Rayner: 'The Hills of Zion' (Luton, 2006) P.49
  19. ^ S.F. Paul: 'Further History of the Gospel Standard Baptists Vol. 5. Some Surrey and Kent Churches' (Brighton, 1966) P. 116
  20. ^ 'Nonconformity in Guildford' IV (Printed sheet available from Bethel Chapel)
  21. ^ Elleray 1981, §140.
  22. ^ Ford & Gabe 1981, p. 74.
  23. ^ Elleray 2004, p. 41.
  24. ^ Howard (ed.) 1992, pp. 23–24.
  25. ^ Gillet & Russell 1991, p. 139.
  26. ^ Chambers 1954, pp. 63–64.
  27. ^ Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (2008). "Ebenezer Particular Baptist Church, Union Street, Melksham". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  28. ^ "Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel, Melksham". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  29. ^ The London Gazette: no. 45131. p. 6819. 18 June 1970. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  30. ^ Elleray 2004, p. 46.
  31. ^ a b c Homan 1997, p. 280.
  32. ^ Various Authors 1979, p. 72.
  33. ^ Chambers 1954, p. 103.
  34. ^ Kirkham 2000, pp. 72, 75.
  35. ^ Chambers 1953, pp. 56–58.
  36. ^ "Scaynes Hill". St Augustine's Church, Scaynes Hill. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  37. ^ "Planning Applications". Lindfield Rural Parish Council. 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  38. ^ Hudson, T. P. (ed) (1980). "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1 – Bramber Rape (Southern Part). Old and New Shoreham - Protestant Nonconformity". Victoria County History of Sussex. British History Online. pp. 171–172. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  39. ^ Anon. 1975, p. 36.
  40. ^ Chambers 1954, p. 95.
  41. ^ Knott, Simon (2011). "Strict Baptist Chapel, Wattisham". The Suffolk Churches Site. Simon Knott. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  42. ^ "Baptist Chapel, Hitcham Road, Wattisham, Babergh, Suffolk". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  43. ^ Homan 1997, p. 265.
  44. ^ Clarke 2012,p.243.
  45. ^
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  48. ^ "Rarely used chapel opens to the public again". Bucks Herald (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 24 August 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 


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David Clarke 00:20, 14 November 2014 (UTC)