Congregational Chapel, Reach

Former Congregational Chapel, Reach, Cambs

The Congregational Chapel in Reach was built in 1862.  It could seat 290 worshipers and in its day was extremely well-supported.  The Fens have a long dissenting tradition: the Church of England was never popular, being seen as all too often too closely allied to landed interests.  The Chapel has been described as ‘notably confident’; it is ignored by Pevsner, which is a pity, but no surprise.   The boldness of the text on the frieze epitomises the confidence, though only part is now visible – ‘…EST.  AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL…  It has been converted to a dwelling; nature is taking over, but it appears to be still inhabited.

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