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Mission, Norwich (Prince of Wales Road Evangelical Church)
Although the Church of England was not slow to respond to what it saw as the pastoral needs of these workers, there were plenty of other denominations elbowing for their attention. For a start, many incomers were Catholics, and it was in the 19th century that the Catholic population of the city ballooned. But it was also the time that the congregational chapels took off, and although many of them have fallen prey to demolition in recent decades, there are some interesting survivals, including this little Railway Mission chapel of the 1890s with its Art Nouveau frontage. Prince of Wales Road, like Princes Street in Ipswich, was built specifically to connect the railway station with the heart of the town, and still today this chapel is a familiar sight for pedestrians en route between one and the other. Happily, it is still in use for its original purpose; as the Prince of Wales Road Evangelical Church, it maintains two services every Sunday.
Simon Knott, November 2005
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