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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Baptist Church, Grove Road, New Southgate
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Baptist Church, Grove Road, New Southgate

This church closed in the 1980s and the building changed to retirement flats.
Picture added on 05 November 2009 at 16:37
Please could you let me know where I could find out more about the history of Grove Road Baptist church? I believe my grandparents were loyal supporters of the work here before WW2 and into the 1950's. I believe there was a clock in the Church Hall presented by my grandfather - Thomas H. Stone. Any information on the bomb damage in July 1944 to the Church and halls would be welcome. Thank you. Sincerely, Gordon H. Lawrence
Added by Gordon H. Lawrence on 24 November 2009
To add, possibly, to the local history society's info on this church, my father, Clifford Whitehead, A R C O , was organist before the second world war, and during it, though was unable to continue after the church was bombed and though not visibly damaged!!! it seems the organ was put out of action for a while. The congregation worshipped at the nearby Methodist church, in the High Road ( where my mother was choir mistress!)for a year or two. ( I was very young, don't remember the dates!)The church was eventually used again, and the organ repaired, partly by my father, who was passionate about it, and very knowledgeable. My sons were born in 1961 and 1964, and my father used to take the elder son to the church to 'play'the organ, and to listen to him play. He (Grandad) composed several hymn tunes used by the congregation. On his retirement his choir had a small model of the organ made for him, to use as an ornament! My parents split up, so I have no more details!
Added by Liz Luxmore, nee Whitehead. on 17 April 2013
The church members worshipped, initially, in the Friends' Meeting House in Waterfall Lane, that is, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.
Added by Mary Bowes(née Howells) on 19 November 2013
I went to the church in the late 40s and in fact was married there in 1956. The bombed hall site was cleared and the church youth club used the nearby Friends Meeting House. I would have thought that the presentation clock did not survive the bombing. I remember Rev Howells very well.
Added by Graham Lyall on 23 March 2016
Graham...were you the Graham who knew Geoff Smith and Adrian Gray? Have you news of Adrian and Jean.
Added by Mary Bowes ( née Howells) on 23 March 2016
I was a Sunday school teacher and married at Grove Road in 1960 by Rev J Walker Gordon and l remember
Jean and Adrian well

Added by Jean Pearson on 27 October 2018
I became a Christian in 1966 during a period when this church, to great cost to itself, showed incredible patience to me. So grateful. They literally I think saved my life. Rev Denis Gosden's time. And Anyone remember please get in touch. Regards to all
Added by Geoff Lee on 12 March 2023
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