There are of course reused former chapels all over the city. Perhaps the most striking reuse is this one. Whereas now many residents object to the idea of the ground floor of the former Groves Chapel being occupied by a Sainsbury’s store, the previous century saw a fire station being driven through the former Trinity Chapel on the corner of Peckitt Street and Clifford Street. It opened in the 1930s and was in use until a few years ago.
I took the photo above in May this year when, as can be seen from the sign, the building was for sale after the fire station moved elsewhere. It’s currently under offer. It’s not a listed building, and presumably after decades of use as a fire station there’s not much ‘chapel’ left in there. It could be demolished entirely I guess. Though they might keep the frontage on Peckitt Street.
That side of the building has some nice details:
And its date, 1856, under the initials A.B:
A photo from the city archives shows the side of the building in the early years of the 20th century, when it was clearly serving as a support for advertising hoardings.
It will be interesting to see what replaces the former Trinity Chapel/fire station, on this prime city centre site. While we’re waiting to find out, let’s wander past a couple more old chapels and see how they’re faring.