Webpage created: February 19, 2016.
Webpage updated: February 19, 2016
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.