Richmond’s Congregational Church in The Vineyard


The Congregational Church and St Elizabeth of Portugal pictured on an old postcard in 1913

If you’ve 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 23 (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 during 2017 will be adding further articles from Peter about the history of Richmond’s Congregational Church.

Our latest addition (May 2017) to these pages is an expanded version of the article that Peter wrote for Richmond History 25 ( 2004) about a “preacher with red hair” who addressed the Congregational Church in 1876 and who he believes may have been the artist Vincent van Gogh.