Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond

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Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond
Bethlehem (Independent Calvinistic) Chapel, Richmond
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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 Church Terrace, Richmond, London TW10 6SE
Country England
Denomination Independent Calvinistic[1]
Website

www.bethlehem-chapel.org

Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 24 December 1968
Reference no. 1358048
History
Founded 1797[1]
Founder(s) John Chapman[1]
Architecture
Functional status Active

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

History[edit]

The church was built by John Chapman, who was a market gardener in Petersham.[1] It was funded 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 11:00 am. There are prayer and Bible study sessions on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm.[7]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "A Brief History". Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond. 
  2. ^ Cherry, Bridget & Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 519. ISBN 0-14-0710-47-7. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Bethlehem Chapel (1358048)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  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. ^ "Fellowships". The British Messianic Jewish Alliance. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

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