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 England
Denomination Independent Calvinistic[1]

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


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 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]


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