Whitefield's Tabernacle, Moorfields

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Whitefield's Tabernacle, Moorfields
Whitefield's Tabernacle 2018.jpg
Whitefield's Tabernacle (photographed in 2018)
Location Tabernacle Street and Leonard Street, London
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England, Methodist, Congregationalist, United Reformed Church
History
Dedicated 1741

Coordinates: 51°31′26″N 0°5′15″W / 51.52389°N 0.08750°W / 51.52389; -0.08750

Whitefield's Tabernacle, Moorfields (also known as Moorfields Tabernacle) is a former church at the corner of Tabernacle Street and Leonard Street, Moorfields, London, England. The first church on the site was a wooden building erected by followers of the evangelical preacher George Whitefield in 1741. This was replaced by a brick building in 1753. John Wesley preached a sermon "On the death of the Rev Mr George Whitefield" both here and at Whitefield's Tabernacle, Tottenham Court Road in 1770.[1]

The church was rebuilt in stone over a century later in 1868, to a robust Gothic design by C. G. Searle & Son.[2] Immediately west of the church itself (in Leonard Street) a Sunday School was built. The foundation stone of the 1868 building reads: "Near this spot stood the Tabernacle built by the Rev. George Whitefield in 1753: 115 years afterward it was taken down and in its place this building was erected."

In 1907 a successor church opened near Alexandra Park, north London: this was known initially as Whitefield Tabernacle, but from 1922 as Alexandra Park Congregational Church. Many members of the Moorfields congregation transferred their allegiance, and numerous benefactions were also transferred.[3] The Moorfields Tabernacle building was taken over by the nearby Central Foundation Boys' Grammar School.[2] The Alexandra Park church was converted into flats in 2004.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wesley, John. "Sermon 53: On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield". General Board of Global Ministries. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1998). London 4: North. The Buildings of England. London: Penguin. p. 607. ISBN 0140710493. 
  3. ^ Baker, T. F. T.; Pugh, R.B., eds. (1976). "Tottenham: Protestant nonconformity". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham. London: University of London. pp. 356–364. ISBN 0197227422. 
  4. ^ "Planning Application Details: Alexandra Park United Reformed Church: Ref. HGY/2003/1153". Haringey Council. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2018. 

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