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In Leicester in Leicestershire, UK there been have been numerous places of worship of various denominations, including the Baptists.[1][2][3] The first congregation of Baptists in Leceister was founded 1651. Numerous chapels were built subsequently, many in the 19th century.[4][5] One of the grandest was the "Pork Pie Chapel" built in 1845.[6] As of 2008, there were 13 active Baptist churches in the city.[7] The following is a list of Baptist church buildings in the city, both closed and open, the several of which are Grade II listed buildings. [8]

Open churches[edit]

Stoneygate Baptist Church, London Road, Leicester, 2006
Baptist North Evington Free Church, Linden Street, Leicester, 2005
  • Braunstone Avenue / Hallam Crescent East, Friar Lane & Braunstone Baptist Church
  • Buckminster Road, Archdeacon Lane Memorial Baptist Church[9]
  • Charles Street, Central Baptist Church (1830)[4][10], a Grade II listed building (1074071)[11]
  • Harrison Road, Carey Hall
  • Linden Street / Gedding Road, Baptist North Evington Free Church
  • London Road, Stoneygate Baptist Church
  • Loughborough Road, Union Church
  • Lutterworth Road, Aylestone Baptist Church
  • Main Street Evington, a Grade II listed building (1361414)[12]
  • Melbourne Hall, Evangelical Free Church (1881), q Grade II listed building(1334632)[13][14]
  • Narborough Road, Robert Hall Memorial Baptist Church, a Grade II listed building (1391754)[15]
  • Park Hill Drive, Zion Chapel
  • Uppingham Road
  • Wharf Street North, Carley Evangelical Baptist Church

Closed churches[edit]

  • Archdeacon Lane (1836-1936)[4][5]
  • Abbey Gate (1882)[16]
  • Alfred Street, Trinity Chapel (1840-1890)[16]
  • Belgrave Gate, Tabernacle (1869-1921)[16]
  • Belvoir Street (1845), known as the Pork Pie, from its shape[5][4] designed by Joseph Hansom[6][17], now known as Hanson Hall, a Grade II listed building (1361372)[18]
  • Burgess Street
  • Carley Street (c.1823/24) closed in 1864, reopened in 1876, enlarged in 1882[5]
  • Catherine Street, Carey Hall(1897)[16]
  • Clarendon Park Road, Clarendon Park Baptist Church[19]
  • Clarendon Park Road, Knighton Public Hall Church
  • Dover Street (1823-1919)[4], sold in 1922[5]
  • Erskine Street, Zion Chapel (1873)[16]
  • Friar Lane, site of earliest meetings in various constructions: in 1719, in 1783 (expanded in 1818 and 1841), and in 1865[5]
  • Harvey Lane[20]
  • Ingold Avenue, Socking Farm (1955)[16]
  • Loughborough Road, Belgrave
  • Millstone Lane
  • Melton Street (c1860-c.1870)[16]
  • Navigation Street (1864–1870)[16]
  • New Park Street / Leamington Street, Emmanuel Union Church
  • New Walk, Leicestershire Sunday School Union Memorial Hall
  • Newarke Street, Providence Chapel
  • Overton Road, New Humberstone Baptist Mission
  • St Peter's Lane, Ebenezer Chapel (1803)[16]
  • Sanvey Lane, Aylestone
  • Soar Lane
  • Thorpe Street
  • Victoria Road (University Road)[4]
  • Vine Street
  • York Street, Zoar Chapel

See also[edit]


  1. Moore, Andre (2008). Where Leicester Has Worshipped. ISBN 978-0-9533628-2-0.
  2. "Faith & Belief - Story of Leicester". www.storyofleicester.info.
  3. Mapped - University of Leicester Archheology and Ancient History Mapping Faith and Place
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Elliott, Malcolm. "Belief and Disbelief in Victorian Leicester" (PDF). Retrieved January 13, 2020. Clearly the Baptists in Leicester were unusually strong...Divisions among the Baptists of Friar Lane had led to the establishment of chapels at Archdeacon Lane (1794) and Dover Street (1823); while Charles Street was built in 1830 and the Pork Pie chapel in Belvoir Street in 1845. Later in the century the Baptists built Victoria Road church...and half a dozen other places of worship in various parts of the town.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "The ancient borough: Protestant Nonconformity: A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4". Victoria County History. 1958. pp. 390–394. Retrieved January 11, 2020. 1601
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Belvoir Street Chapel". City of Leicester. Retrieved January 14, 2020. Affectionately known as the “Pork Pie Chapel”, Belvoir Street Chapel was designed by Joseph Hansom, inventor of the horse–drawn cab. Built in 1845 to accommodate a growing Baptist congregation, it was designed for up to 1,500 people and included lecture and schoolrooms. Its circular interior was lit by gas, presenting a “brilliant appearance”...Special trains brought people to its inauguration in 1845
  7. "The Diversity of Leicester A Demographic Profile" (PDF). City of Leicester City Council. 2008. p. 6. Retrieved January 16, 2020. ...there are 37 Churches of England, 15 Roman Catholic, and 69 non-conformist churches, 19 Evangelical, 15 Pentecostal, 13 Baptist, 11 Methodist and 11 United Reform churches. In addition there are also a growing number of black ledchurches. There are 2 Jewish synagogues in the city...Within the city there are 26 Sunni mosques, 2 Shia mosques,22 Hindu temples, 7 Sikh Gurdwaras and 1 Jain temple.
  8. "The List Search Results for Leicester baptist | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  9. "Buckminster Road Baptist Church Leicester". br-baptist-church.
  10. "Central Baptist Church". Central Baptist Church.
  11. "Central Baptist Church, City of Leicester - 1074071 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  12. "BAPTIST CHAPEL, City of Leicester - 1361414 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  13. "Home". Melbourne Hall Church.
  14. "MELBOURNE BAPTIST CHURCH, Melbourne - 1334632 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  15. "ROBERT HALL MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, City of Leicester - 1391754 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 "Baptists". The ancient borough: Protestant Nonconformity: A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4. Victoria County History. 1958. pp. 390–394. Retrieved January 11, 2020. Both General and Particular Baptists founded many other chapels in Leicester and from the 17th to the 19th centuries they formed the largest body of dissenters in the borough. In St. Leonard's parish, the chapel in Abbey Gate was opened as a mission in 1882. There were once four chapels in All Saints' parish: Burgess Street (before 1843, probably closed by 1848), Vine Street (before 1843, sold to the Primitive Methodists in 1861), Soar Lane, a branch of Archdeacon Lane (before 1843, being used by the Quakers in 1848), and the Strict Baptist chapel in St. Peter's Lane, known as the Ebenezer chapel and built in 1803. In St. Mary's parish the former 'Christian' chapel in Newarke Street, built in 1835, was taken over by the Baptists and was destroyed in an air raid in November 1940. The large Victoria Baptist church at the corner of London and University Roads was built in 1867 at a time when the suburban development was proceeding apace. The Robert Hall Memorial chapel was built by the architect Walter Brand in 1901. The chapel in Thorpe Street was founded in 1868, as a branch of the Charles Street chapel, but was never regularly served, and by 1877 had become a Sunday school. The chapel itself had been built for another purpose in 1854. In St. Margaret's parish the oldest chapel is that in Upper Charles Street, built in 1830 and united with the Belvoir Street chapel to form the United Baptist chapel in 1938...Other chapels are those in Melton Street (from about 1860 to about 1870), Navigation Street (also in existence about 1864–70), Trinity chapel in Alfred Street (built by a Mr. Harrison in 1840 and closed about 1890), Erskine Street (built for a congregation from Alfred Street in 1873), the Tabernacle in Belgrave Gate (1869, closed 1921), and Carey Hall in Catherine Street (1897, designed by A. E. Sawday). The Archdeacon Lane Memorial church was opened in Buckminster Road in 1939. A new Baptist church was being built in 1955 for the Stocking Farm Estate. The Evangelical Free Church, Melbourne Hall, was built in 1881 for the ministry of the Revd. F. B. Meyer...Melbourne Hall was designed by Joseph Goddard
  17. "Pork Pie Chapel (Leicester) - Colin Crosby Heritage Tours". www.crosbyheritage.co.uk.
  18. "Hansom Hall, City of Leicester - 1361372 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  19. "Church of St John the Baptist, Non Civil Parish - 1074035 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  20. "The ancient borough: Protestant Nonconformity: A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4". Victoria County History. 1958. pp. 390–394. Retrieved January 11, 2020. The chapel in Harvey Lane, belonging to the Particular Baptists, is especially associated with the names of William Carey (1761–1834), the founder of the Baptist Missionary Society and its first missionary, and of Robert Hall (1764–1831), the noted preacher. The date of the foundation of Harvey Lane chapel is unknown, but it was probably in existence from about 1750, when a sect of Particular Baptists retired from the Friar Lane chapel. (fn. 23) After the erection of the chapel in Belvoir Street, this chapel, never a very large one, was used as a school and a mission chapel, and in 1863 it was rented from the Baptists by a congregation of Independents. It was reopened by the Baptists in the following year. The chapel was destroyed by fire in 1921, having again recently been made into a mission chapel, this time for the Victoria Baptist church. The work there was abandoned in 1932. The chapel had been rebuilt as a Memorial Hall in 1924, (fn. 24) but was sold and in 1955 was being used as offices. William Carey's cottage stands opposite the former chapel.


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