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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Saturday 13th August 2022

Broadmead Baptist Chapel

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The Baptists previous Broadmead chapel on this site was founded in the late 17th century, and survived the heavy World War II bombing of this area. In the mid-1960s the Broadmead redevelopment was almost complete. Seizing their chance, they sold the lease of the ground for shops and built a new chapel above, designed by Bournemouth architect Ronald Sims and opened 1969. A thoughtful design; exterior with large glazed panels at first floor, and sculptural cantedGlossary Term [2] rooflines. Staircase approach leading to hall and meeting rooms, large chapel seating 720. Sprayed concreteGlossary Term [3] wall surfaces, cantilevered N and W galleries, and battened curved panels as backdrops to the baptisteryGlossary Term [4] and altar. Four 19th century stained glass panels from the old chapel hang against the fully glazed west wall. Timber-clad ceiling, ridged and cantedGlossary Term [5] with four full-width lights running east-west. The ministry includes a chaplaincy to Broadmead shopping centre.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009