OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 19, 2016.
Webpage updated: February 19, 2016

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NORTH PROSPECT METHODIST CHAPEL

The North Prospect Methodist Chapel is located in Halcyon Road, North Prospect, and as a result is sometimes known as the Halcyon Methodist Chapel.

It was built in 1928 as a public hall but was later opened as a Methodist Chapel.

The original building was badly damaged in the Second World War and a new Chapel was needed.   There was a long delay in getting planning permission due to the shortage of materials but on Wednesday September 3rd 1952 the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Alderman H E Wright, laid the foundation stone of stage one of the new building.  Miss Gillian Truscott presented the Lady Mayoress with a bouquet.

Designed by Messrs A S Parker and Allen, the building was erected by Messrs Wakeham Brothers, of Plymouth.  Once again it started out as a hall but in order to qualify for war damage compensation payments it had to be made into a church.  This was done by adding vestries to the frontage and rostrum, organ and choir stalls to the interior.  The building cost 9,000 and was faced with red brick and decorative panels.  It was planned to seat 350 people.

It was opened for worship on Wednesday July 8th 1953.  Mr E G Sluman, Chapel steward and the oldest trustee, performed the opening ceremony using a silver key presented to him by Captain F H Allen, representing the architects.  The service was conducted by the Reverend Percy W Searle, superintendent of the Devonport Circuit.