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Pump Pail Chapel, Croydon

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The Pump Pail chapel was opened ca. 1729 and was also know as the "Salem chapel". It was originally a Baptist chapel, however the Baptist congregation moved to larger premises in Tamworth Road ca. 1866 and the chapel was taken over by a Congregational church. It was eventually demolished ca 1934 for council houses which where themselves demolished ca 1967 in preparation for the Croydon flyover

There are 51 names in the Surrey MI index for the Pump Pail chapel which date from 1801 to 1851. Some were listed in "Croydon in the past", published by the Croydon Advertiser in 1883, others were contained in a return of reburials made by the former County Borough of Croydon in 1935.

The chapel was in the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Croydon St. John the Baptist.




West Surrey Family History Society CD10 (The Surrey Burial Index) has burial records for Croydon St. John the Baptist from 1538 to 1852.

West Surrey Family History Society CD12 (Croydon Parish Registers to 1753 and Croydon Monumental Inscriptions to 1882) has Christenings, Marriages and burials for Croydon St. John the Baptist from 1538 to 1753.

West Surrey Family History Society CD15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for Croydon St. John the Baptist from 1538 to 1720, 1765 to 1799 and 1859 to 1876.

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The Pump Pail Chapel is in the London Borough of Croydon.


Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., jr.. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.




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The Chapel appears to have been behind one of the new houses on Salem Road



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