Congregationalist Church

Congregationalist Church

This building is now the outdoor-specialist Cotswold, and coffee and tea shop Ismail, and was previously furniture store Habitat.

Originally opened in 1848 as the Congregationalist Church,the history of Nonconformity in Tunbridge Wells dates from Cromwellian times, with a Baptist meeting house erected on Mount Ephraim in 1733. Congregationalist Churches each independently and autonomously run their own affairs.

My recent visits to Tunbridge Wells cemetery were prompted by a copy of the obituary for E. J. Strange J.P., who donated land to Grosvenor and Hilbert Park. Mr Strange was a member of the Mount Pleasant Congregationalist Church for 54 years, and his funeral service was conducted at the church by the Rev. I. Maldwyn Jones in 1941. The Minister said that “He served this church magnificently.”

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