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United Reformed Church, Broad Chalke

United Reformed Church, Broad Chalke Date Photo Taken 2009
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A house in Broad Chalke may have been licensed for Independents' meetings in 1739. Meetings are known to have been held in the parish from the 1770s. In or before 1801 a chapel was built in North Street, and in 1812 a minister was appointed to serve congregations in Broad Chalke, Bower Chalke and Ebbesborne Wake. On census Sunday in 1851 afternoon and evening services in the chapel were attended by congregations of 90 and 197 respectively. In 1864 the Bicentenary Memorial church was built to replace the chapel. It was designed by W.J. Stent of Warminster. A minister resident in Broad Chalke was appointed.

The church was served from Wilton in the 1950s and 1960s. It is still open for worship today and is known as the United Reformed Church. A rear lean-to extension was built c.1980 to include a kitchen and toilet. In 2006 the chapel was renovated. A ramp for disabled access was installed and the interior modified. The hall was divided into several rooms including an area for worship, a meeting room and a small office. The latter is also used by the Surgery. More information is available on the village website.

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