TQ4667 : Coronation Hall

taken 6 years ago, near to St Mary Cray, Bromley, Great Britain

Coronation Hall
Coronation Hall
This "tin tabernacle" in Bridge Road was built in 1892. It was originally Fordcroft Mission Hall (Ford Croft is the name given on the 1920 OS map for a small community here dating from the late 19th century, presumably for local paper mill workers, predating the Orpington bypass built in the 1920s and the post war development of the Poverest estate).

Until 1953, the building was owned by Orpington Baptist Church. In that year (hence the name) it was purchased from them for 700, raised locally with help from Allied Bakeries in nearby Cray Avenue (see TQ4667 : Allied Bakeries, Orpington). It is now a community hall, run by a non-profit trust.

In the background is new housing in Bellefield Road, backing onto Fordcroft Road.
Tin tabernacles

"Tin tabernacles" (or more properly "iron churches") were produced in large numbers from the mid 19th Century into the early 20th Century. They were built with a timber frame, clad with galvanised and corrugated iron, and lined with tongue and groove boarding. Prepared as prefabricated kits, they were also exported to many countries overseas.

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TQ4667, 149 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 16 November, 2016
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Public buildings and spaces  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Place (from Tags)
Orpington  Poverest  Fordcroft 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 467 675 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.2605N 0:6.4558E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 467 674
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Coronation Hall  Tin Tabernacle  Community Hall  Bridge Road 

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