Rochester Star Hill United Methodist Free Church

Delce Road, Rochester

Star Hill United Methodist free Church chapel, Rochester
Kelly Upshon August 2022
Star Hill Wesleyan Methodist Free Church, Rochester

The  date stone over the door confirms that Star Hill chapel was built in 1856 as a congregational church, but in 1882 it became the Star Hill United Methodist Free Church chapel.  In 1927 it was closed for a year, but then re-opened as part of the  Elim Pentecostal Church movement.

In 2019 and following  repairs costing £300.000 it was for sale.  The repairs were necessary because stonework fell from the building during strong winds.  The building was for sale for £390,00.  The Elim society intended to move into the hall behind the chapel.

The church seated around 200 people and consisted of a large open plan ground floor with a wrap around gallery above.

The building is grade 2 listed.  The entry says:

“ROCHESTER STAR HILL TQ 7468 SE 10/253 Star Hill Elim Pentecostal Church GV II Church. 1856. Random rubble ragstone; corrugated replacement roof. Front: coped gable (facing the street) with apex finial. Central porch (gabled with stone coping, plain pointed arched doorway with planked double door) flanked by single lancets, and set under triple lancets under super-ordinate label; sunk quatrefoil in gable wall. Interior not inspected. Included for group value.”

Grid reference: TQ 74584 68005

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