The Congregational Church and St Elizabeth of Portugal pictured on an old postcard in 1913
If you’ve already read our 2016 journal, Richmond History 37, you’ll be familiar with the story of the Victorian graveyard at the Congregational Chapel in The Vineyard (now the Vineyard Life Church).
The author, Peter Flower, also wrote an article in Richmond History 22 (2002) about Thomas Wilson, the 19th-century businessman and philanthropist, whose generosity led to the building of the church. And in an article originally published in Richmond History 29 (2008), Peter tells the story of the Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Society that, in providing services in the late 1890s that were “bright, brief and brotherly” was very successful in meeting its aim of “bringing in “those who were not connected with any place of worship”.
We’ve now republished these on our website and in due course will be adding further articles from Peter about the history of Richmond’s Congregational Church.