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The Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting Houses of Tyne and Wear

by Peter F. Ryder (December 2023)

This study covers Nonconformist buildings in the modern Metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, including the two cities of Newcastle and Sunderland. Taking World War II as its cutoff point, it identifies almost 900 chapels, only about a quarter of which survive today, with barely half of these still in their original use. They vary from the huge Town Chapels seating over a thousand to tiny ‘Tin Tabernacles’. A surprising contrast emerges between the traditional Anglicanism of Newcastle (where the 1851 census shows that there was a chapel for every 1145 inhabitants) and the fervent Nonconformity of Sunderland (where there was a chapel for every 639)…

Pages: 214
Binding: Paperback
Interior: Colour
Dimensions: A4

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