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Advert for the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Newington

Advert for the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Newington

Printer: Wayre, W

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Evan.5004

Item number: 5004

Genre: Leaflet

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the pastor of the Baptist chapel in New Park Street, London. A charismatic orator, his sermons were so popular that the chapel could not contain all the people who wanted to listen to him. After a few years based at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall, he commissioned the Metropolitan Tabernacle building in Newington Butts (now known as Elephant and Castle) in 1859. The hall cost £31,000 to build and with a capacity of 5,000, it was the largest non-conformist church building in the world.

It was substantially burnt down in 1898 and quickly rebuilt. It was destroyed again in an airraid of 1941. A third building was constructed after the second World War and still stands today.

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