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Nottingham - Broad Street Wesleyan Chapel

Brass plaque.  Broad Street Chapel closed and memorial now at Central Methodist Mission, Low Pavement. Photograph Rachel Farrand

UKNIWM Ref - WMA recording form completed 31 August 2011

Brass plaque with the dedication, 'To the Glory of God and in hallowed memory of the men of this church and Sunday School who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. Their name liveth for evermore.' The chapel was built in 1837 but falling congregations meant that the chapel closed in 1954. The building was bought by the Nottingham Co-operative Society and converted for use as an educational centre including a theatre. In 1989 the building became the Broadway Cinema. The memorial was transferred to the Nottingham Central Methodist Mission, Low Pavement, Nottingham. An article appeared in a local paper on the occasion of the dedication of the war memorial: 'WAR HEROES IMPRESSIVE NOTTM. MEMORIAL/SERVICE. In the presence of a large gathering of Nottingham’s ex-service men, the band and members of the Sherwood Foresters Territorial battalion, the Boys’ Brigade, Girl Guides and the relatives and friends of those members of the Broad-street Wesley Chapel who were killed in the war, Lieut-Colonel A. W. Brewill, D.S.O., yesterday unveiled the memorial tablet which has been erected in the chapel. The tablet, which contains the names of 28 men, is a brass one framed in oak, and has been placed in a very conspicuous position in the building. The service, which was conducted by the minister (Rev. A. J. Strongman) was most impressive, the hymns “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand” being sung, and the “Last Post” sounded by the buglers of the territorial battalion. After he had unveiled the tablet, Colonel Brewill, turning to the younger members of the congregation, emphasised the fact that they must always remember the nobility of the sacrifice that had been made by England’s young men, so that it might influence their lives in years to come. Referring to the terrible days of war, the Rev. A. J. Strongman said that those men who had fallen in action were really not dead but in heaven which was not a strange, unfamiliar place. Heaven, he said, was a hoe, but the door to it was death. The war had been fought and won, and the great peace that had been obtained by those gallant men ought to be one of the strongest encouragements in life. At the close of the service the band of the Territorial battalion played the National Anthem.' Accompanying photograph of the Battalion Band formed up in the street. Photographs of the chapel are on the 'Picture the Past' website: NTGM010667 (1945), NTGM010666 (1840).

Memorial location
Names on Memorial

I Alexander - Isaac Alexander

L Andrews - Leonard Andrews

E Astill - Ernest Astill

Jas Ball - James Ball

Jos Ball - Joseph Ball

E Bird - E Bird

HC Brown - Herbert Claud Brown

HP Carey - Henry Pattison Carey

E Dowell - Ernest Dowell

R Fenson - Ronald Fensom

W Lewis - W Lewis

HS Lowton - Herbert Septimus Lowton

A Manns - Alfred Mann

V Matthews - Vincent Matthews

J Newcombe - John Newcombe

W Newell - W Newell

F Parker - F Parker

FT Potts - Frederick Thomas Potts

GW Smitham - George William Smitham

H Spencer - H Spencer

JK Spreckley - Joseph Knight Spreckley

G Tutin - George Tutin

H Voce - Henry Voce

WD Walby - Wilfred D Walby

H Warner - H Warner

L Wheelhouse - Lawrence Wheelhouse

W Wheelhouse - William Ernest Wheelhouse

E Winterton - Ernest Winterton

Photos
  • Brass plaque.  Broad Street Chapel closed and memorial now at Central Methodist Mission, Low Pavement. Photograph Rachel Farrand
    Nottingham - Broad Street Wesleyan Chapel - Brass plaque. Broad Street Chapel closed and memorial now at Central Methodist Mission, Low Pavement. Photograph Rachel Farrand
  • Brass plaque.  Photograph Rachel Farrand
    Nottingham - Broad Street Wesleyan Chapel - Brass plaque. Photograph Rachel Farrand
  • Plaque at the Broadway Cinema commemorating the Wesleyan Chapel which formerly occupied the site
    Photo David Nunn - Plaque at the Broadway Cinema commemorating the Wesleyan Chapel which formerly occupied the site