The Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel on South Street, a neighbour to the South Street Arts Centre, is to be demolished. Trustees of the chapel made an application to Reading Borough Council giving prior notification of demolition.
Notification of demolition is required because the building is larger than 50 cubic metres. Although a historic building, it is listed neither nationally nor locally, nor is it in a conservation area. It is expected that demolition will take four weeks from start to finish.
The chapel opened for worship on the 22 October 1869 with sermons from Mr Taylor of Manchester and Mr Warburton. The builder was Mr Barnicoat and it was said to have cost between £600 and £700 [ref 1]. The first baptism was performed in 1870 [ref 2] and on 18 October 1873 it was licensed for marriages [ref 3]. It is shown on the 1879 OS map next to a large garden on the corner of South Street and East Street. The area must have been dominated by Dymore Brown’s Royal Albert Brewery.
References and Links
- Reading Mercury 30 October 1869
- Berkshire Chronicle 20 August 1870
- Berkshire Chronicle 25 october 1873
- Planning Application 161075
- Reading Borough Council Building Control
- Alt Reading Broad Street Chapel and Dissent in Reading (see comments)
- Strict Baptist Historical Society
- Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group