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Tabernacle United Reformed Church, Chippenham

Tabernacle United Reformed Church, Chippenham Date Photo Taken 2007
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The origins of the church are with the Calvinistic Methodist preachers, who were active in the area from 1742. The first Tabernacle on this site in Emery Lane was built in 1770 and was replaced in 1826 with a new and larger chapel. In the middle of the 19th century a minister's house and a hall were added at the west end and the interior was completely refitted in 1889. It was a Congregational church but became a United Reformed Church in the latter part of the 20th century

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David Britton said:

Dear Sir/Madam, I have spent years collecting old pics of Chippenham trying to put my life together as I grew up. I thought this Chapel was pulled down when Emery Lane cottages were levelled. Our family was the first to move away. We lived at 21, Emery Lane, next door to the Burgess family. Mr Cobbles lived at the end, he was the local refuse lorry driver, He was famous for his all year round suntan. I never seen him wear anything on top of his pure white vest. I attended Sunday school here until I joined Westmead Junior school age seven.We thought a bit too old for Sunday school. A Miss Carol Ince taught our class how to knit, among small stories about the bible. We has these separate classes above the arch. I cant remember the gates being there, but remember a Mrs Wilkes/ Wilkinson, who made toffee and sold it by the slab. Just over the road lived a Mrs Strange who sold bottles of "Tizer." Behind the chapel and houses, over the stonewall, which was too high for me to look over without sitting on someones shoulder was a "Paddock" and stables. Never found out who it belonged to, but it was out of bounds. This was before 1955, so I lived in Emery Lane for about ten years. I was told I was born 30th September 1944,in a house in Woodlands, near the town soccer ground. The street is still there but I think the house long removed. Regards David Britton
Posted 07/03/2010


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