The Churches of Britain and Ireland
Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
Baptist Church on Cheviot Crescent. Another view. Although a date-stone says "1950", this link has "formed in 1942", perhaps implying an earlier building. NZ 455 233. Both © Martin Richter (2011). Link1. Link2.
The demolished Methodist Central Hall stood at the North-East corner of The Green, at NZ 459 224. Photo link is to an external website. The architectural style is unusual, to say the least, and to my eye seems to owe something to Moorish influences. Built in 1932, it would be interesting to discover the architect. Demolished post-1989 ( the photo was taken in that year).
North Billingham Methodist Church (1961-2) on Marsh House Avenue. Another view. NZ 463 251. Both © Martin Richter (2011). Link1, which also has a photo of South Billingham Methodist Church on Station Road, at NZ 457 226. Link2.
St. Cuthbert. NZ 458 223. © Bill Henderson. The tower (showing a varied building history), porch, lych-gate, and a stone recording the new works of 1937, all © Martin Richter (2011). Link1. Link2 (which includes a plan and illustration of the church, presumably as it was before the 1937 extension - the reproduced document was published in 1928). Link3. Grade I listed.
St. John the Evangelist (R.C., 1961) on Central Avenue and Cowpen Lane. Another view shows the adjacent presbytery (close-up). There is also a school close to the church, part of which (according to the 1952 OS map) served as the church at that time. NZ 464 229. All © Martin Richter (2011). Link.
St. Joseph (R.C.) on Low Grange Avenue and Neasham Avenue. Another view. The parish was created in the early 1960's (see link2 for Holy Rosary above, history page), so the church cannot pre-date this. NZ 470 248. Both © Martin Richter (2011). Link.
The Spiritualist Church on Chapel Road was originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, which shows as such on the OS map of 1915. This link doesn't include it as an active Methodist Chapel in 1940, though it still shows as a "Ch." on the map of 1939. Can you advise the denomination at that time? Another view. There is a date-stone above the doorway, but it has been defaced to the point of illegibility. NZ 457 224. All © Martin Richter (2011). Link.
25 October 2015
© Steve Bulman