Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: March 14, 2016.
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Hope Baptist Chapel was originally situated in Fore Street and was started when some of the congregation at Morice Square Baptist Chapel, led by the Reverend T Horton, split off in 1852.  They founded the Hope Baptists, who at that time met at the Mount Street Independent Chapel.

They built their own Chapel to the east of the Temperance Hall in Fore Street.   The foundation stone was laid by the Reverend T Horton on the afternoon of Thursday February 2nd 1854.   The contract seems to have been originally awarded to Messrs Symons and Hoskin but was completed by Mr Jenkin, at the sum of 3,026.  The architect was Mr Alfred Norman of Devonport.  The design was generally Italian in character.  It was opened on Tuesday January 16th 1855 and had cost around 4,000 to construct.

By 1920 there were several other Baptist chapels in Devonport and the Hope congregation considered moving their chapel out to the newer developments at Peverell.  In 1924 they moved temporarily into Pounds House and on November 17th 1926 the memorial stone of their new Chapel at Peverell Corner was laid by a nearby resident, Mr Henry Hurrell.  This building was opened for use in January 1928 and has been in use ever since.

(It may be noted that as the old Devonport Borough Boundary ran along the southern side of the Tavistock Road, now Outland Road, the new building was technically not in Devonport).