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Demolition of Congregational Church, Brampton, Chesterfield, c 1968
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Looking south-east. Note two workmen standing on the remains of the gable end.
Picture the Past website contributor John Cuttriss adds:
'This picture recording the demolition of what was known in Brampton as the 'Congs Chapel' was very nostalgic to me as from 1953 I was to report for work as an apprentice decorator at the adjacent building. There was an access road sufficient for one vehicle to the left of the chapel, leading to the workshops of S A Clarke, a well-established painter and decorator in Brampton and one of the largest such firms in Chesterfield during the period from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The frontage was a shop which can be seen as the end terrace here. Mr Clarke, as well as running a very successful business, attracted many customers into the shop from Robinsons' works who would buy their paint and wallpaper. He also employed some of the best decorators in the town and had many contracts which took them further afield (for instance to Jersey and to Stow on the Wold in The Cotswolds). They also did work for Brocklehurst Motors in Chesterfield, as well as having contracts with local breweries, hospitals, coal mines and at Markham's works. On one occasion a workforce went to Cambridge University's Department of Engineering to paint a large 'Wind Tunnel', which had been designed and constructed by Markham's in a building on Trumpington Road. This is still in use today (2014).
Prior to Mr Clarke's decorators it had been his father's premises. He was a local Master Baker and prior to that it was a Monumental Stonemason's according to the 1901 census.'