Church History

A 60 page pdf is available here for download that contains many more details. If you would like a printed copy contact Tony Travis by clicking on this link.

The history of Baptist witness in Oadby goes back to before May 1795. It was at that time that Mrs. Elizabeth Waldren of Manor Farm, which was situated near what is now the Old Library public house (formerly the Old Manor Inn), had her house licensed for Worship. Five years later she had a barn converted for the use of worshippers and in 1815 she had a Chapel erected in what is now Chapel Street on the site which is now Jeannes Fashion shop and the launderette.

However, it was not until May 8th 1825 that the Rev. Robert Hall of Harvey Lane Baptist Church, Leicester, dismissed 13 members from that Church, including Elizabeth Waldren, to form the Particular Baptist Chapel, Chapel Street, Oadby.
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The building which stands at the bottom of Chapel Street and is called "Chapel House" was built in the mid 1800's when the Sunday School grew so large that a new building was erected for this purpose and it later became the Oadby Board School, thus enabling children of non-conformists to receive an education near home. They had previously had to walk to the village of Evington. By the 1890's the Fellowship was looking for bigger premises and the land, on which our present building stands, was given to the Church by Mrs. Ellis, a local benefactress, who also gave land to the village for a swimming pool, which was formerly located next to our church, and for the Ellis Recreation Ground.

It was on Thursday March 17th 1898 that the new church building was opened.

On Sunday 28th November 1999, an extension to the front of the Church was opened.

At Easter in 2004, renovations to the kitchen, toilets and halls were completed.

(See 'The Baptist Cause in Oadby - The First 200 Years', available from the church)

 

Most of our archives are stored at Wigston Records Office but if anyone is searching for family history and would like to contact us we would be happy to see if we can help?