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Brilliant story Tod!
My father the late Rev’d Jack Charlton was minister of this chapel from 1957 to 1963. I remember School Street Chapel as being a standard “Prim Box” with the schoolroom adjoining, I think at right angles, and in the centre of the schoolroom a large roaring pot-belly cokestove with stovepipe going right up through the roof and open access all round the stove, although it had metal fireguarding surrounding it … What price Health & Safety in those days … ! But it was the only heating other than the ubiquitous tea-urn.
The pipe organ wound up at Granville Estate Chapel (now also closed) where I was privileged to play it in the mid 1970s, when Jack was Superintendent Minister of the South Derbyshire Circuit.
Much of Leicester Road was badly affected by mining subsidence in the 1960’s, and many buildings demolished. After the last-ever service held there, my father, the late Rev’d Jack Charlton, was giving one of the Stewards a lift home when the Steward remembered he had left some light globes, promised to another Society, in the Minister’s Vestry. Waiting for him in the car, Jack was startled to see him exiting the Chapel at a run – the ceiling plaster began to fall down on him as he carried them back through.