OUR STORY

A BRIEF HISTORY

1652  The first INDEPENDENT Congregation in Beccles formally constituted.

1687  Land purchased in Hungate, followed by building of the first Meeting House on the site around 1690.

1773-1803 Joseph Heptinstall's ministry leads to considerable church growth.

1812  A new INDEPENDENT Chapel erected on the existing site during the ministry of Isaac Sloper (1803-1834).

1836  The building was greatly extended, with an enlarged facade and galleries.

1861 Substantial two storey extensions to rear of the church building adding a minister's vestry and school rooms.

1879-1880  A School Hall was built alongside church alterations which provided a high pulpit, new pews, an arched apse for the organ and a balustrade etc.

1972  Amalgamation of the CONGREGATIONAL and PRESBYTERIAN churches to become the UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

1977  The METHODIST CHURCH in Station Road closed and members moved to join with the UNITED REFORMED CHURCH in Hungate. Further alterations were placed at the front of the worship area for the choir.

1983  A church lounge was built linking the Church with the Hall, new toilets and a kitchen were included.

2003  Interior of church extensively remodelled, modernised and improved. Pews replaced with chairs. The previous worship area entrance was converted into two cloakrooms. The 1977 false ceiling removed and replaced with a canopy backlit with halogen lights. A new access to the worship area was provided by the conversion of the three side windows between the church and the lounge.

2013   Our own Rev Don Moxon compiled an history entitled "THE STORY OF HUNGATE CHURCH, BECCLES 1652 - 2012.  An Independent and Methodist Church History of an East Anglian Town".