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Kettering, School Lane, Central Methodist Chapel was built by the Wesleyans to replace their Silver Street Chapel although it was not completed until after Methodist Union in 1933. It was built of brick with stone dressings in a loosely classical style widely used for public buildings of the period. There are pediments above the central projecting section of the façade and at each of the corners. The only decoration is in the panel above the doorway containing the date plaque. The chapel inherited the Silver Street school building which was conveniently situated on the opposite side of School Lane (more information about the school can be found on the Silver Street page). In 1941 the two buildings were described as a single entity and apart from the chapel itself it is not possible to say with any precision which rooms were on which site. The chapel itself measured 80 feet by 43 feet and seated 400 on the ground floor and 100 in a gallery which measured 19 feet by 32½. There were also three halls 60 feet by 29½ feet, 41½ feet by 24½ feet and 30½ feet by 18 feet and 14 vestries or classrooms. Later the school building passed out of Methodist occupancy and is now used by Bodyshapers Gym and Health Studios and Kettering Hydroponics but the chapel continues to be used as a Methodist place of worship. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940/687 (Kettering Circuit) Site visit 7.7.2021
We have discovered a book about the history of Grange Road Methodist Church, we’d be happy to pass it on for information it is dated from 1877- 1927
Just to clarify: I am a Methodist Presbyter, researching my own Fear family (from Blagdon) and came across Rev Samuel as part of that. However, I have not yet found the ‘missing link’ between the branches, but it does seem likely that a common ancestor existed. I see a strong family resemblance in Rev Sam’s photo! I had contact with the San Diego branch a few years ago and have some of their tree filed away still. Rev Jane (nee Fear) Harris