Stoke on Trent, Albion Street, Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Staffordshire (Grid ref SJ882373)
The first chapel to be built on this site was erected in 1798 and seated 600. A semi circular rear extension was added in 1811 to bring the capacity up to 1000. The whole building was demolished in 1819 and a new chapel which seated 2500 in 1851 was built. The Corinthian colonnade and Venetian window were added in 1859. By 1901 the estate consisted of a chapel, a schoolroom, and two houses. The land buildings and enlargements had cost £7000 and the organ a further £400. There was seating for 650 in the chapel and for 450 in the schoolroom.
The building is no longer used as a place of worship but The Friends of Bethesda hold monthly open days. (Sadly, not while I was in town)
Behind the chapel was a large burial ground. The City Council carried out a reclamation scheme on this area in 1981 and it is now a public open space.
Beyond the burial ground was a school building. The ground floor was erected in 1819 and the upper floor added in 1836. It is now occupied as offices by The Sentinel newspaper.
Leicestershire Record Office 16D60/31 Methodist New Connexion /Return of Trust Estates/as presented in / Special Schedules, January 1901
Victoria County History of Staffordshire, Vol VIII pp 244-5
Site visit 10 & 11.10.2016