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Presbyterian chapel, Dodington

(Grade II listed building)

This was the first licensed purpose-built non-conformist chapel to be constructed in Whitchurch. It was built in the garden of Thomas Yates’ house in 1707 and Matthew Henry preached the first sermon. 

The chapel was burnt down by Jacobite rioters in 1715. The government of George I paid for a replacement chapel on the same site. It was built of red brick and had a hipped, tiled roof with gablets and still exists today. 

By 1720 the congregation numbered 300 and was used as a chapel until 1824. It then became a British school for the children of non-conformists (a school that did not teach the doctrine of the church of England). After that the building had many uses including a dance hall and a builders store.