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Hillcrest Chapel, Norwich
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However, looking more closely, I noticed a curiosity. The dedication panel above the main entrance has been covered over. Now, this immediately suggested to me that the building had been erected for a particular denomination, and no longer served a community of that character. Perhaps they had been Baptists who had wanted to present themselves as a less dogmatic congregation. Or, intriguingly, I wondered if the church had been built as an Anglican chapel of ease to Thorpe St Andrew down by the river.
Coming home and trying to find out about it, the mystery only deepened. It appeared that the chapel was older than I'd thought. Intriguingly, in the years before and after the First World War, the minister here was the Reverend George Hegart Ramsay. In 1917, he married into the fabulous wealth of the Coutts-Lindsay family - his wife's father was the second Baronet Burges. Did this Scottish family bankroll a rebuilding of Hillcrest Chapel at that time?
I would be fascinated to learn more about this church. I'll update this entry accordingly.
Simon Knott, June 2009
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