The Baptist Chapel in North Street is up for sale by informal tender. It was built as a church hall in 1820 for a group of local Christians. The Grade 11 listed building was extended in 1830 and again in 1880, before the additional school rooms were added in 1932. A ham stone plinth, built into the front wall of the church, commemorates its history: ‘The chapel was erected 1820 and enlarged 1830. This stone was laid by Richard Southcombe Esq of Stoke Sub Hamdon July 1880′. The exact date is difficult to determine due to natural erosion of the stone and could read either 13th or 17th.
As a long standing place of worship for the local Fellowship of the Baptist Church, the sale will mean relocating their Sunday services, Bible study group, coffee mornings, Just 4 ladies group and other activities somewhere else in Crewkerne. When asked what will happen to the Fellowship when the church building is sold, Mr John Stuffins, Administrator of CMBC (Crewkerne & Misterton Baptist Church) said: “When the church building is sold, the Baptist Church will continue to worship in Crewkerne and carry on its work in the local community. We will not be moving on from the church building in North Street until later in the year, as the conditions of any sale will include a 3 month period, while we relocate to temporary premises. We will continue to worship at the church building in North Street until we have made alternative arrangements. Once this has happened, a public announcement will be made.”
Open Viewing of the Baptist chapel for prospective buyers began at the beginning of March. The next viewings take place on March 15th and March 21st between 2 pm to 3 pm. The sale of the property is being conducted by Perry Bishop & Chambers with Christophers as Joint Agents. The guide price is £175,000 and offers are to be made in writing by 12 noon on Thursday March 30th, 2017.