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The Baptist Chapel







Who were these Gentlemen? And what was the occasion?
Was one of these gents Thomas Salvidge, one of the founder members of the chapel?
The gent standing centre wearing a straw 'Boater' is Gilbert Gilling, grandfather of Andrew Gilling.

The wedding of Irene May Burrow to John William Somerville at Rooksbridge Baptist Chapel in 1948


Left to right.  Jack Somerville Sarah Somerville Fred Somerville John Somerville Irene May Burrow Phyliss Burrow Reginald Burrow Charlotte Ann May Burrow.

Photo kindly sent in by Maureen J Goss Lendorf, Shackhayes, Combe Martin N. Devon.  Daughter of Irene.

The Burrows family lived at 'Cootehorn' Farm in Rooksbridge Road.


The Baptist Chapel situated in Chapel Road just off the A38 was erected in 1852 and parts of it were extended an altered in 1897.
It is likely that the Jubilee Hall extension was added to the rear of the Building at this time?

From the records of known burials taken from gravestones at the rear of the chapel, it appears that the chapel was in use for religious ceremonies up until 1955

The last known burial at the chapel was Susan Annie Gillett in 1955.

The last persons known to worship at the chapel were: Mrs Alice Cox Body and Mrs May Burrows.

 The Baptist Chapel is now converted to a private residence whilst respectfully preserving its past.

To the rear of the building is a garden of rest, where the monuments to those buried there are preserved. 

Also on display within the chapel is a plaque commemorating those residents of the parish who died while serving in the two world wars.

 I am indebted to Dave Waldon for the information about the Rooksbridge Baptist Chapel

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