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Brookmans Park’s first church - a converted shop

The Congregational Church (later URC) Brookmans Park July 1960 Photograph courtesy of the URC, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
The Congregational Church (later URC) Brookmans Park July 1960
Photograph courtesy of the URC, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

The first church in Brookmans Park village was housed in a converted shop on Bradmore Green that later became a takeaway restaurant. 

140 people attended the inaugural service on Saturday 23 May 1942 with many spilling out on the pavement. 

Seven years later the congregation moved to a former army hut which had been bought for £175 from RAF Coltishall in Norfolk and transported 120 miles to Brookmans Park. 

Brookmans Park URC May 1948 - the hut was bought from RAF Coltishall Photograph courtesy of the URC, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
Brookmans Park URC in May 1948 - the building was dedicated a year later 
Photograph courtesy of the URC, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

Derek Harris wrote “a brief history” of the United Reformed Church (URC) - formerly the Congregationalist Church - to mark the 50th anniversary. His article was published in the May 1993 issue of the Chancellor’s Community Newsletter. 

Another account, written by Rev Nicholas Brindley to mark the 70th anniversary, was published in the autumn 2013 issue. 

 Both pieces are published below with the permission of Chancellor’s Community Newsletter. 






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