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Lowestoft Road Methodist Church, Gorleston-on-Sea
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Road Methodist Church, Gorleston-on-Sea
This cheery building sits at the top of Gorleston high Street, not far from the more famous Catholic church by Eric Gill. Methodism seems to have been a considerable enthusiasm of the Gorlestoners, and the 19th century saw a great deal of splintering and reforming among the three main strands of Methodism. The banded brick hall to the north was an earlier church, built in 1865 for Gorleston Wesleyan Methodist Society as Lowestoft Road Chapel. It was paid for by a wealthy London Methodist called Francis Lycett, who gave £6,000 (just over a million in today's money) for the construction of Wesleyan Methodist churches in the Yarmouth area. £500 (£100,000 today) went to the construction of this chapel, and you can still see Lycett's name on the foundation stone. The architect was a Mr J Bottle.
Simon Knott, September 2010
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