SO9491 : Darby Hand (Providence) Chapel in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

taken 4 years ago, near to Tipton, Sandwell, Great Britain

Darby Hand (Providence) Chapel in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Darby Hand (Providence) Chapel in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
The board on the left shows
Methodist New Connexion
PROVIDENCE CHAPEL
Darby Hand - Netherton
First Built 1837
Moved to the Museum 1978
Rededicated 15th September 1979.

The museum website has this: The Methodist chapel was built as Providence Church in 1837 at Darby Hand in Netherton, Dudley. The tiny settlement of Darby Hand grew up in the late 18th century as a coalmining and nailmaking community at the side of the Dudley Canal. It was affiliated to the Methodist New Connexion which broke away from the main Methodist body in 1797 and was very strong in the area.

Providence Church played a central part in the life of the community for one hundred and forty years. It was not only a centre for Christian belief and practise, with a strong tradition of choral singing, it functioned as a social centre for the community with evening events and ‘pleasure days’ with a picnic or walk in the woods.

Most importantly it provided education and welfare with Sunday School and adult classes on Sunday mornings and the Darby Hand Doctor’s Club ensured medical assistance to poor members of the congregation.

Now known as Darby Hand Chapel, services are arranged by the Friends of the Museum throughout the year and include a Sunday School Anniversary and Harvest Festival, helping to recreate an important aspect of Black Country life.
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Sunday, 26 July, 2015   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 28 July, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9485 9170 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.3891N 2:4.6400W
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