|Derby Mercury: Wed 18 July 1877
THE NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL – The ceremonial of laying the foundation-stone of this new chapel was on Wednesday the occasion of a large and influential gathering at Crich, which overlooks some of the loveliest scenery in England. The new chapel will seat some 250 people, and the estimated cost is £1,400, towards which £600 had been given or promised before the day of opening. It has been designed by Mr Isaac Petts of Crich, who is also the builder. The proceedings commenced by a procession from the old Baptist Chapel, which, preceded by the South Wingfield brass band, went round the village, the Sunday scholars singing at intervals on the route. Lunch was provided in the Mount Tabor Schoolroom. The central principal memorial stone was laid by Mr J. C. Jones, of Manchester, who is a donor of 50 guineas to the fund. A devotional service was conducted in the front of the site of the new chapel by the Rev. W. Underwood, D.D. of Derby. The introductory discourse was delivered by the Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., president of Chilwell College, and formerly of Derby. Mr W. B. Bembridge, of Ripley, then presented Mr Jones with a silver trowel and mallet, with which he laid the central memorial stone, and the Rev. W. Underwood delivered an address. A collection was then made in aid of the chapel memorial fund. The remaining memorial stones were laid by Mrs J. Willn, of Cromford; Mrs W. B. Bembridge, of Ripley; Mr Samuel Bennett, of Derby; Mr R. Wildgoose, of Holloway; Mr George Slack, of Derby; and Mr Richard Bryan, of Crich Carr. Several brief addresses followed. Subsequently Councillor James Hill, of Derby, opened a bazaar of useful and fancy articles in a large marquee in the Market-place. Afterwards a public tea took place in the Mount Tabor schoolroom. The weather was very favourable, and there was a large number of visitors including Mr Abraham Woodiwiss and family, Mr Councillor Bowmer, Mr Embery, Mr Cholerton, and Mr Lamb of Derby. The amount realised by the day’s proceedings was £300.
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