Webpage created: October 11, 2021
Webpage updated: October 11, 2021
HOOE BAPTIST CHAPEL
The present Hooe Baptist Chapel is situated in Hooe Road, Plymstock, Plymouth.
The original Hooe Baptist Chapel
For over thirty years from 1823 the Baptist congregation at Hooe, in the parish of Plymstock, occupied an upper room in a local house. Later a school-room was rented, in which a Sunday School was held every Sunday morning and afternoon. In the evenings it was used for public worship. The Sunday School attracted about 100 children from Hooe, Oreston and Turnchapel.
The memorial stone of the their own Hooe Baptist Chapel in Hooe Road, Plymstock, was laid on Wednesday November 15th 1876 by Mr Thomas W Popham, of Plymouth. Mr Popham had been the superintendent of the Sunday School at Hooe for a quarter of a century. Mr Kingdon and Mr White were the current superintendents.
Mr Babb designed the building in consultation with the builder, Mr Lethbridge. The cost of the site and the building was expected to be around £400, of which only £100 remained to be raised. The building sat 100 worshippers.
In a cavity beneath the memorial stone was placed a box containing a history of the Church and Sunday School, and copies of the "Western Morning News", the "Western Daily Mercury", "Baptist", and the "Sword and Trowel".
Hooe Baptist Chapel was opened early in 1877.
The present Hooe Baptist Chapel
On Wednesday July 26th 1961 a new Chapel was opened by the Reverend Charles Dyer, general secretary of the Devon and Cornwall Baptist Association. The Reverend D H Pascoe, the minister at George Street Baptist Chapel in Plymouth, performed the dedication, with the assistance of Mr R W Brock, lay pastor.
The building was of plain design, constructed largely of prefabricated concrete. The old building became the church hall and Sunday School.
Ten years later, the roles were reversed, when the congregation moved back in to the newly renovated old Chapel and the prefabricated structure became the church hall and Sunday School. The renovation work cost £3,000.
The service of rededication on Saturday June 3rd 1972 was conducted by a former lay pastor, Mr David Mountford, with the Reverend John Blanshard, secretary of the Devon and Cornwall Baptist Association, performing the actual rededication. A clock given in memory of a young Sunday School teacher, Miss Judith Brock, was dedicated at the same time.