While doing some research for another purpose, I’ve been doing some digging around on the chapels of Farnborough.
- First, the one shown in the photo on the Farnborough chapel webpage, described as being on chapel lane. Although the Farnborough Street chapel was registered in April 1852 (Worship Registration No. 63427)*, the 1940 Statistical Returns mention a brick-built chapel there (https://dnvg92zx1wnds.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/cms/l/London_4_districts.pdf – Circuit 116). I have found this at the end of Chapel Street in Farnborough Street (which is an “area” rather than specifically a road), immediately south of Farnborough North station. It is the building shown in the photo. Google StreetView (June 2019) suggest it is a house. The coordinates are 51.300456, -0.742368. The Worship Registration certificate says it was registered in lieu of No. 51037, a certificate I haven’t inspected yet; but that number would have been issued in late 1927, which tallies with the mention in the 1940 Statistical Returns. To further complicate matters, the 1932 OS map (https://maps.nls.uk/view/105982459) shows this chapel; but the 1915 map (https://maps.nls.uk/view/103314667) and 1896 map (https://maps.nls.uk/view/105982480) both show a “Meth. Chap. (Prim.)” on the same footprint. There are three possibilities for No. 51037: it was a rebuild of a 19th-century chapel, which required re-registration; it was a recertification of an older chapel (recertifications of existing chapels, allocating them a new registration number, seemed to happen quite often according to my research); or it was a very belated registration of a chapel which had existed for a long time (also a surprisingly common occurrence!).
So that accounts for both of the buildings mentioned on the webpage. But I have found three others in the area, two of which survive in other uses:
- First, the 1897 OS map (https://maps.nls.uk/view/103314652) shows one on Fox Lane (now Chapel Lane) at Hawley. Google StreetView suggests it has long since been converted into “Chapel Cottage”. Exact coordinates are 51.315357, -0.765965.
- According to the 1940 Statistical Return there was also a Primitive Methodist chapel on Peabody Road in the North Camp area at the south end of Farnborough. The street was not built on the 1875 map; in 1897 the street was partly built up, and there was a Gospel hall at the south end (https://maps.nls.uk/view/105983305). The PM chapel still did not appear in 1911 (https://maps.nls.uk/view/105983302), although the space for it on the west side of the road can be seen diagonally south of the school; it appeared on the 1931 map (https://maps.nls.uk/view/105983299). It was registered in April 1915 (under the name “Primitive Methodist Church and School”; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29122/page/3501). This registration was cancelled in June 1980 (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/48240/page/9436), but be careful with that date because there was a major revision of the Worship Register in mid-1980, in which large numbers of places of worship which had fallen out of use over the years were “purged” from the register. So it may well have closed a lot earlier. The site is 51.277996, -0.745671; the detached house on the site looks 1970s.
- Finally, as another complication, Peabody Road replaced a chapel at nearby Lynchford Road, according to the London Gazette record. This road has been redeveloped a lot, but a building shown on the 1911 map as “Church” (https://maps.nls.uk/view/105983302) still exists and architecturally could pass for a Methodist chapel: 183 Lynchford Road, in use as “Mayfair Homecare” according to May 2019 Google StreetView. Coordinates of this building are 51.275390, -0.742357. Apart from a Wesleyan chapel which is now North Camp Methodist Church, it is the only church or chapel shown on this road prior to the 1915 deregistration mentioned above. It was registered in April 1896 (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26732/page/2398).
*I have photos of Worship Registration certificates 60001-80000 inclusive. I am aiming to get the older ones in due course when the National Archives reopen.