Baptist Church near Rowberrow published by Pat Hase on Wed, 17/11/2021 - 23:20
I have had a query which asked if someone was a Baptist and lived in Rowberrow in the early 19th century - where was the nearest Baptist Church? Could it have been Cheddar, Burnham, Weston or somewhere else? I believe the Lynch Chapel in Winscombe may have originally been Baptist - can anyone confirm this?
I just read my copy of the "The Heart of Mendip" by F. A. Knight and he has this to say on page 174 (Rowberrow chapter):
"The village of Rowberrow, which is now so scattered, was, in its more prosperous mining days, not only more populous but more connected. Even during the last half-century many cottages have been demolished and the size and character of the long-disused school building, built, as may be seen from the tablet on its front, in 1855, and now converted into a dwelling-house, and the ruins of a Baptist Chapel and a Baptist School in the same lane, afford further evidence of the decay of the population."
So, unfortunately, the Baptist chapel and school in School Lane are long gone.