Bible Christian Chapel

Bible Christian Chapel

Bible Christian Chapel

The former Bible Christian Church, on St Peter’s Street is a Grade 2 listed building.  St Peter’s Street was originally known as Chapel Street and was a Wesleyan chapel. One of two in the main St Ives town, one each for the upper richer and lower poorer areas of the port, but it was not successful and sold to the Bible Christian congregation. 

The Bible Christians came into being in the town in 1829 and would seem to have used various lofts for meetings, as they had several frustrating years trying to obtain land to build a chapel, until 1858. It was then that they were able to obtain the chapel in St Peter’s St, from the Wesleyans, itself having been built in 1824, enlarging it and adding a school room.

In 1871 it was extended and again in 1887, but over the years fortunes fluctuated with wealth in money and numbers. It eventually came into the full Methodist fold.

The Chapel is now vacant and in need of some refurbishment. After consultation with members and the community and in line with the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan, our project for the Bible Christian Chapel is to house 7 or 8 arts and craft businesses with spaces at affordable rental rates and access to business support. 
 
The project is in its initial development phase.
 
We have had an offer accepted and are now in the process of buying the building for the community in perpetuity
 
We need people to complete a short form to show how much the building means to local people, to support its acquisition for the community, and to support for the project. The form is below.
 
Please donate to ensure we have the sufficient amount required of community fundraising to go alongside our grant applications by clicking here  or clicking the green button below for a £10, £20 or £50 donation, or clicking here to choose your own amount. We aim to raise at present around £100,000. 
 
Please join us for an open day at the former Chapel on Saturday 13th January 2024 between 11am and 3pm.