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Church History

A Church History – Towards the Second Centenary

As we approach the second centenary of the first Baptist meeting in Stratford, Robert Brown is researching a new Church History. He will give a talk on the history of the Church at CAMEO on 15th November 2024. Robert is interested in hearing your stories and experiences of life at the Payton Street Church. If you would be happy to share your stories or have any photographs or other Church memorabilia that you would be happy to loan for an exhibition, please speak to him or e-mail Thank you.    

Below is a brief overview of the early history of the Church.

The Foundation

It was a glorious day in Stratford on 18th August 1835 when the cornerstone of the Payton Street chapel was laid. The event was marked by a sermon delivered by Reverend Thomas Swan of Canon Street Baptist Church, Birmingham.

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