Protestant nonconformity in Croft

 

Croft chapel

Croft chapel

Croft is a village in the district of Blaby in Leicestershire.

A Union chapel was built in 1882, with a capacity to seat 200 worshippers.[1] It replaced an earlier “Workmen’s Room”, a Nonconformist meeting room set up by the owner of the Croft Quarry for his workers. The chapel was described by a trade directory in 1895 as a ‘neat building of syenite rock’.[2]  A trade directory in 1916 noted its name as Croft Free Chapel, possibly indicating a change of name.[3]

 

The chapel is now disused and has been boarded up since at least 2010.  Before that it was used as storage for a local business. It is said to be fire-damaged inside, but there are plans to convert it into a private house. There are carved children’s heads each side of the door and windows. More information can be found at http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/croft/villagehistory.html

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[1]Kelly’s Dir. (1895) p. 61; Kelly’s Dir. (1908) p. 68.

[2]Kelly’s Dir. (1895) p. 61.

[3]Kelly’s Dir. (1916) p. 67.