[13/8/2014 – I have made a few updates since this blog was originally posted. New photographs of the entrance to Chapel Close and a little surprise at the end.]
I am very fortunately to have been given access to a set of photographs relating to Worlds End, Beedon. I extend my thanks and gratitude to Victor and Cynthia Pocock of Beedon for this.
I refer my readers back to the annotated photograph of Mr and Mrs Woodley with the numerous beehives at Garden Cottage, Worlds End (see below).
Let’s start with the oldest photograph dating from 1973. I shall be referring back to the annotated photograph above. The photograph below is of the Wesleyan Chapel (see 1) as viewed from Oxford Road. Oxford Road runs north/south and passes the front of Garden Cottage, High House, the site of the Chapel etc. Please note the rectangular stone above the door of the Chapel; this stone was saved prior the Chapel’s demolition and is built into the wall running along Chapel Court (see below).
The Chapel was demolished in May 1982 and it had been unused sometime prior to that (see below). The view of the Chapel below is from the north-west; behind the Chapel is High House. The opposite long-side of the Chapel was visible in the Mr & Mrs Woodley photograph (see 1). Also notice that High House (behind the Chapel) projects further west than the Chapel; this would have obscured the Chapel from view if (hypothetically) the Mr & Mrs Woodley photograph was retaken in 1982.
I also attach other photographs of the Chapel from 1982 really for the readers enjoyment.
The photograph above is the rear of the Chapel and…
…the photograph above shows a view from the west (or rear) of both the Chapel and High House. Also in this photograph, there is a modern barn in the right-foreground which was on the site of the rick-yard (see 5). To the left of the Chapel (in the background) is Worlds End Farmhouse. Please also notice that the old barn (see 3) associated with Worlds End Farmhouse is no longer there (this would have been to the left of the Chapel).
When the Chapel was demolished in May 1982, the site of the Chapel was used as an access to the modern barn (see photograph below).
The modern barn was destroyed in a blaze. The site of the Chapel and the rick-yard were later redeveloped as housing; this area is now called Chapel Court (see 1 and 5).
and below is the view from the west…
And sometimes if you wish really hard you can see the ghost of the Chapel..
I have more photographs of Worlds End to show you in my next blog and these are related to the old barn associated with Worlds End Farmhouse.