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1870: Opening the Congregational chapel

This is very handsome building, that has cost £2000, raise by subscriptions, will be open for divine service on Thursday next, the works being completed. This is a large and left the building of the Gothic style, with nearly 300 sittings; the puppies being of carved oak, beautifully polished, and on the dais and antique chair with crimson seat, also highly polished.

The south window is very handsome, and at the north and, over the pulpit, is a trefoil window with four double lancet windows on each side, so that the chapel is plentifully lighted. The ventilation is also and ample, and the warming apparatus, when brought into use, will make it a very comfortable one in the winter. Two marble, and one stone tablets, in memoriam, on the walls, and also added to the beauty of the interior. The work has been very ably executed by Mr Deacon, builder, of Norwood, and the edifice is a great ornament to the place.

Surrey Gazette 26 April 1870

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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