Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Baptist Places of Worship"

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Baptist Places of Worship—The following information has been kindly furnished by the respective ministers, the “terms of membership” being given in their own words

ABBEY-ROAD CHAPEL, Abbey. road, St. John’s Wood.— Terms of membership: “Confession of faith in Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Seat rents vary from 2s up to 7s. 6d., according to position. This chapel was built in 1863; a third gallery was added in 1865; the whole premises cost £13,000, raised by voluntary contributions.

BAPTIST CHURCH CHAPEL, Carlton - square, Grafton - Street, Mile End.—Terms of membership: “By immersion to Church membership, and the Lord’s Table is open to all who are members of other Christian Churches.” Supported by Ross’s weekly offerings.

BLACKTHORN-STREET CHAPEL, Bow-common. — Terms of membership~ “Open Communion.” Seats all free. Work sustained by voluntary contributions.

BLOOMSBURY CHAPEL, Bloomsbury-street.— Terms of membership “ All persons are eligible for membership who give credible evidence of conversion to God. Christians of every denomination are welcome to the Lord’s Table.” Seat rents from 3s. to 9s. per quarter.

CHALK FARM CHAPEL, Berkeley - road, Regent’s - park - road. Terms of membership: “Profession of faith in Christ.’ Seat rents by voluntary payments. No fixed charge.

CORNWALL-ROAD CHAPEL, Notting Hill. — Terms of membership: “Profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” All seats free. Expenses met by voluntary quarterly subscriptions and weekly offerings. Week-night service, Monday, 7.30 p.m. Lectures, conferences, &c., on Wednesday evenings, during autumn and winter, at 8.30.

COTTON-ST CHAPEL, Poplar. Terms of membership: “Immersion, on a profession of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Seat rents ranging from 1s. to 5s. per quarter. Sunday school, Band of Hope, Maternal Society, and Dorcas Society.

CROSS - ST BAPTIST CHAPEL, Cross-street, Islington.—Terms of membership: “Repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Adult baptism expected, but not compulsory.” Supported entirely by the free-will offerings of hearers.

DRUMMOND-RD CHAPEL, South Bermondsey, S.E. — Terms of membership : “Profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ1 and a life consistent therewith.’ Seat rents from 1s. 6d. to 4s. per quarter. 620 sittings. Sunday-school: 680 children, 46 teachers. Mission station and Sunday-school at Marlborough Rooms, Spa-road, S.E.

EAST LONDON TABERNACLE 22, Bow-road, E. — Term of membership:  “Faith in Christ professed by baptism.” Admission by tickets, renewed quarterly, until five minutes before service hour, when the doors are opened to the public (charges not stated). This is the second largest Baptist congregation in Great Britain, there being 1,900 members.

GROVE-ROAD CHAPEL, Grove-road, Victoria-park. — Terms of membership: “Evangelical faith in Jesus Christ, a consistent moral life, and baptism by immersion.” Seat rents about £220 annually (charge for sittings not stated). Chapel erected by the London Baptist Association in 1869.

HENRIETTA-STREET CHAPEL, Wakefield-street (late Henrietta-street), Brunswick - square W.C.— Terms of membership: ‘ Joining the Church in the usual way after baptism.” Seat rents payable quarterly in advance (charge per sitting not stated). Sunday-school, Bands of Hope, prayer meetings, penny bank, &c.

HORNTON - STREET CHAPEL, Kensington, W.—Terms of membership: “Evidence of a change of heart and profession of faith in Christ by immersion.” No information as to seat rents.

JOHN-STREET CHAPEL, John-street, Bedford -row. — Terms of membership: “Repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, or evidence of conversion. Information as to seat rents declined. The chapel seats 1,100.

KINGSGATE - STREET CHAPEL, Kingsgate-st, Holborn, W C. Terms of membership ‘ Candidates for membership are admitted on their professing faith in the Saviour, and undergoing the ordinance of baptism by immersion” Seat rents vary from 2s. to 5s per quarter. Chapel seat 800. Was founded in 1736, and known by the name of Eagle-street Chapel until 1856, when the present building was erected on the same spot. Number of members about 280.

MAZE-POND CHAPEL, Old Kent-road, corner of the Albany-rd.— Terms of membership: “Repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submission to the ordinance of baptism: Seat rents varied (no particulars). The Church meeting in the above chapel was founded in the year 1692, and met for worship at Maze-pond Chapel till the year 1877, when it removed to the new premises as above.

METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, Newington.—Terms of membership: “None; the conditions of membership are conversion and baptism.’ Seat rents, 1s. to 7s. 6d. a quarter. Minister, C. H. Spurgeon.

MIDWAY-PLACE CHAPEL, Deptford. — Terms of membership: “Profession of faith in Christ.” All Seats free. The oldest Baptist church in the place; very ancient building; formerly in the Centre of fields and market. gardens; been recently improved and beautified.

MOUNT ZION CHAPEL, Chadwell-street, Clerkenwell, E.C.— Terms of membership: “Baptism by immersion; assent to articles of the Church, and approval by members.” Supported by seat rents; amount not stated. Services: Sunday, 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.; Monday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m. Sunday-school and other agencies in connection with the church.

SOHO CHAPEL, 406, Oxford-street, near Soho-square.— Terms of membership: “Confession of faith in Christ and baptism.” Seat rents, 4s. per quarter. Sunday services, 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Week-night services: Monday, 7.30 p.m.; Wednesday,  7 p.m

TRINITY CHAPEL, John-street, Edgware-road.—Terms of membership: “A profession of faith and believer’s baptism.” Seat rents not stated. The edifice was erected for the late Rev. Ridley H Herschell in 1847, and accomodates 1,200.

VAUXHALL CHAPEL, Upper Kennington-lane, SE.—Terms of membership:  “Evangelical faith; Christian Life and character; baptism by immersion.” Seat rents (amount not stated) and voluntary offerings weekly. Pastor educated at C. H. Spurgeon’s College.

WESTBOURNE.GROVE CHAPEL, Norfolk - terrace, Bayswater. —Terms of membership: “Profession of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Seat rents, 6s. per quarter and less-

Zion CHAPEL, Manor- road, Brockley, S.E —Terms of membership : “Baptism by immersion and proof of good moral character. Seat rents: price varies according to position. Has a Sabbath-school, Trust and Benevolent Society, Mutual Improvement Society, and Poor Christians’ Friend Society.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879