List of Baptist churches in Leicester

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Central Baptist Church, Charles Street (1830)

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] Leicester in that period was called the ‘Metropolis of Dissent’ with a large number of non-conformist chapels and churches, among them Baptist.[6] One of the grandest was the "Pork Pie Chapel" (the Belvoir Street Chapel) built in 1845 to a design by Joseph Hansom.[7]

As of 2008, there were 13 active Baptist churches in the city.[8] 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. [9]

Open churches[edit]

Uppingham Road Baptist Church
  • Braunstone Avenue / Hallam Crescent East, Friar Lane & Braunstone Baptist Church[10]
  • Buckminster Road, Archdeacon Lane Memorial Baptist Church[11]
  • Charles Street, Central Baptist Church (1830)[4][6][12], a Grade II listed building (1074071)[13]
  • Harrison Road, Carey Hall[14]
  • Linden Street / Gedding Road, Baptist North Evington Free Church[15]
  • London Road, Stoneygate Baptist Church (1914)[16][17]
  • Loughborough Road, Union Church[18]
  • Lutterworth Road, Aylestone Baptist Church[19]
  • Main Street Evington, a Grade II listed building (1361414)[20]
  • Narborough Road, Robert Hall Memorial Baptist Church, (1901)[21][22] a Grade II listed building (1391754)[23]
  • Park Hill Drive, Zion Chapel[24]
  • Uppingham Road[25] (identified by Leicester City Council, in 2016, for its architectural quality, townscape value or historical interest)[26]
  • Wharf Street North, Carley Evangelical Baptist Church[27]

Changed denomination[edit]

The Guru Amar Das Gurdwara
  • The Guru Amar Das Gurdwara on Clarendon Park Road was once a Baptist church.[28][29]
  • Victoria Road (University Road) Seventh-day Adventist Church is a 19th-century, Grade II listed building (1074025), first listed as Victoria Road Baptist Church in 1975, near the New Walk.[30] It was originally the ecumenical Victoria Road Church organized by Baptists as an experimental nondenominational church.[31][4] It has a window with a World War I memorial[32] which is also listed.[33]

Closed churches[edit]

Belvoir Street Chapel renamed Hanson Hall
  • Archdeacon Lane (1836–1936)[4][5]
  • Abbey Gate (1882)[22]
  • Alfred Street, Trinity Chapel (1840–1890)[22]
  • Belgrave Gate, Tabernacle (1869–1921)[22]
  • Belvoir Street Chapel (1845), known as the Pork Pie, from its shape[6][5][4] designed by Joseph Hansom[7][34], now known as Hanson Hall, a Grade II listed building (1361372)[35]
  • Burgess Street( before 1843, probably closed by 1848)[5]
  • Carley Street (c.1823/24) closed in 1864, reopened in 1876, enlarged in 1882[5]
  • Catherine Street, Carey Hall (1897)[22]
  • Clarendon Park Road, Clarendon Park Baptist Church[36]
  • Dover Street (1823–1919)[4], sold in 1922[5]
  • Erskine Street, Zion Chapel (1873)[22]
  • Friar Lane, site of earliest meetings in various constructions: in 1719, in 1783 (expanded in 1818 and 1841), and in 1865[5]
  • Harvey Lane (associated with William Carey (1761–1834), the founder of the Baptist Missionary Society and its first missionary, and Robert Hall (1764–1831), the noted preacher.[5][37]
  • Ingold Avenue, Socking Farm (1955)[22]
  • Melton Street (c1860–c.1870)[22]
  • Navigation Street (1864–1870)[22]
  • New Park Street / Leamington Street, Emmanuel Union Church[38]
  • New Walk, Leicestershire Sunday School Union Memorial Hall (1882)[39]
  • Newarke Street, Providence Chapel (1835, taken over by the Baptists, destroyed in an air raid in November 1940)[5]
  • Overton Road, New Humberstone Baptist Mission[40][not in citation given]
  • St Peter's Lane, Ebenezer Chapel (1803)[22]
  • Sanvey Lane, Aylestone (1871 and Aylestone Baptist Church met there until the 1930s)[41]
  • Soar Lane (before 1843, being used by the Quakers in 1848)[5]
  • Thorpe Street (1868, as a branch of the Charles Street chapel; never regularly served; by 1877 had become a Sunday school)[5]
  • Vine Street (before 1843, sold to the Primitive Methodists in 1861)[5]
  • York Street, Zoar Chapel[42]

See also[edit]


  1. Moore, Andre (2008). Where Leicester Has Worshipped. ISBN 978-0-9533628-2-0. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. "Faith & Belief - Story of Leicester".
  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. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 "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 6.2 Ruddy, Austin J. (6 February 2018). "Renovating a great survivor of the 'metropolis of dissent' Historic 1821 chapel on Leicester's Charles Street has been renovated to a high standard". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "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
  8. "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.
  9. "The List Search Results for Leicester baptist | Historic England".
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  11. "Buckminster Road Baptist Church Leicester". br-baptist-church.
  12. "Central Baptist Church". Central Baptist Church.
  13. "Central Baptist Church, City of Leicester - 1074071 | Historic England".
  15. Home - North Evington Free Church | Leicester
  16. "Home | Stoneygate Baptist Church".
  17. Parishes added since 1892: Knighton | British History Online
  18. GENUKI: Belgrave, Leicestershire
  19. Aylestone Baptist Church
  20. "BAPTIST CHAPEL, City of Leicester - 1361414 | Historic England".
  21. "Robert Hall Baptist | 1902 Manual".
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 22.8 22.9 "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
  23. "ROBERT HALL MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, City of Leicester - 1391754 | Historic England".
  24. Zion Baptist Church, Leicester | Protestant Truth Society | The Truth Upheld
  25. Uppingham Road Methodist Church
  26. "The 236 city buildings protected for historic importance". 25 March 2018.
  27. Carley Church
  28. "Sikh Gurdwaras of the City of Leicester". Leicestershire History. September 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  29. "Leicester Faith Trail" (PDF). University of Leicester. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  30. "Seventh Day Adventist Church, City of Leicester - 1074025 | Historic England".
  31. Rimmington, Gerald T. (1997). "Victoria Road Church, Leicester: A Victorian Experiment in Ecumenicity" (PDF). Victoria Road Church originated as an experiment by Baptists in nondenominational churchmanship... What the Victoria Road progenitors did, however, was to go a stage beyond this, and avoid the Baptist appellation altogether.
  32. "Victoria Road Baptist Church - Window". Imperial War Museums.
  33. "War Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church, University Road, non Civil Parish - 1433227 | Historic England".
  34. "Pork Pie Chapel (Leicester) - Colin Crosby Heritage Tours".
  35. "Hansom Hall, City of Leicester - 1361372 | Historic England".
  36. "Clarendon Park Baptist Church, Leicester". The National Archives. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  37. "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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  39. The City of Leicester: Primary and secondary education | British History Online
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  41. Aylestone Baptist Church | History
  42. History, gazetteer, and directory of Leicestershire, and ... Rutland ... - William White - Google Books


Further reading[edit]

  • Rimmingtin, Gerald T. (5 September 2016). "The Baptist Churches and Society in Leicester 1881–1914". Baptist Quarterly. 38 (7): 332–349. doi:10.1080/0005576X.2000.11752110.

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