Inspired by the renovation of the Chapel in Ripley, Surrey by Miss Bush Bridalwear I started a little internet search on abandoned/derelict Chapels for the Something Different category.
My initial search took me to Derelict London which is fascinating. There are photos and the history behind many of London’s derelict Churches and graveyards.
I was interested to see that one of the Churches, St Peters Church Hall, was erected by Frederick John Horniman who was also the founder of the Horniman Museum & Gardens. The Horniman Museum has a beautiful conservatory where you can get married and a Pavilion or Bandstand for more intimate weddings.
There were a few Churches on the Derelict London list that looked as if they could be restored for another use and I wondered why they hadn’t been. I’ve seen a few restorations/conversion to homes, but why not business premises or a civil ceremony venue? The latter seems so fitting doesn’t it? It is such a shame that these beautiful places are being lost. The Chapel where my Grandmother got married and my Father Christened is now surrounded by a huge soap factory!
My spirits lifted *coughs* when I came across the story of Lye & Wollescote Chapel, West Midlands, being restored to become a wedding venue. Hoorah! You can read the full story here: Derelict Chapel to become wedding venue. You can keep updated here: Lye & Wollescote Cementary and Chapel Building Conservation Project.
If you would like to read more about the Chapel restoration in Ripley that inspired this post then head over to the Miss Bush blog: Going to the Chapel.