Sutton in Ashfield; Pulpit in a Wall

Can anyone provide more information about this preaching place in a wall?

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  • J Barrie Smith writes about this pulpit in his book ‘Strangely warmed in Ashfield’ Teamprint, 2002. (pages 49-50)

    It was the pulpit of the Reform Street chapel, and built into the wall of the Schoolroom. Mr Smith writes “The pulpit of the chapel was built into the wall of the schoolroom and was entered from the rear by a flight of steps from the vestry on the ground floor, the preacher entering the vestry by a door from the chapel. The vestry, as part of the adapted house, still contained a built-in copper for heating water. The pulpit was high above the choir seats and harmonium and a photograph shows Mr J. Swindell, in the pulpit, Mr Luth Pickard at the harmonium and Mr Barker Eastwood near the vestry door.”

    As the schoolroom was not built until 1876, there must have been other arrangements before then. Mr Smith thought that alterations were made around 1901. “the opening in the wall was filled in and the pupit lowered, with access from the sanctuary itself.” Mr Smith also states that the harmonium was bought in 1887, which dates the photograph to between 1888 and 1900.

    By Philip Thornborow (25/09/2023)
  • Hi, there was a Richard Carter with son Tom living in Sutton in Ashfield in 1851. ref (census)
    A Robert Shore was living in South Normanton at the same time. Sth Normanton is very close & in fact the family came from there.
    This may help provide a context around date.
    Good luck

    By David Shore (05/12/2022)

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