Crich Baptist Church
The Baptist Church, situated right in the center of the village is located on a very historic site. The 14th century Manor House of Sir Roger Beler was on this very spot. By the time the Baptists purchased it at auction in the mid 1870's it was called Wheeldon House and was in need of substantial repair. The original Baptist Church, built in 1839, was down Roe's Lane, and because they had outgrown the building they then occupied, it also being in need of renovation, the obvious need for larger premises was evident. The church was constructed largely out of stone from local quarries, and I am convinced, although cannot prove, that stone from the Manor House was used around the site. The Baptists were meeting here for worship before it was officially opened by the prominent Baptist John Shakespeare in 1878. I confess a vested interest as I am an Elder at this church, and also Church Secretary. For those who may want to know more about us as a church please visit our Church Website at http://www.crichbaptist.org.
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