Presbyterian Chapel, Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

In 1689 the local Presbyterians formed a church and initially met in the ballroom of Mount Ephraim House, apparently using a portable pulpit, fixed to the wainscot.  The first minister was D Stott from Norwich, who was followed in 1700 by the mathematician and theologian Humphrey Ditton.

The dissenters were unable to persuade any local landowner to provide a site for a chapel until a local Baptist called Jordan bought a house in his own name on Mount Sion from Thomas Seal, a Quaker.  A chapel was opened on the site in 1720.  The picture below is by J J Dodd and is in the collection of the Tunbridge Wells Corporation.

Former Chapel, Albion Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - 23rd January 2005 - MTC

A congregation of Methodists were using this building from 1778, which they were able to use on Sunday evenings and during the week; however in 1812 they built their own chapel in Vale Royal.

Antique etching

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