Askew Road Church
The existence of a church with additional rooms on the site in Askew Road, Hammersmith,
dates back to the 1860s. During the Second World War the chapel was bombed beyond repair,
although the rooms at the rear survived. After the War the chapel was rebuilt with a hall
below it. Since then it has served worshippers and acted as a focal point for the local community.
The church reopened in January 2011 following extensive renovation and improvement.
||For several years it had been clear that major renovation and access improvements were needed
to ensure the continued presence of the church. In October 2009, following several years of discussion, design
and fundraising, work started on a project costing about £1.3 million.|
||Askew Road Methodist Church amalgamated with Shepherds Bush United Reformed Church in 1972
to form the present congregation.
||The worship space was rebuilt above the Lower Hall.
||The Lower Hall was built and acted as a worship space for fourteen years.|
||On October 10 the roof was destroyed by incendiary bombs. The congregation moved to the back rooms
where all activities took place for fourteen years.
||The Diamond Jubilee of the first building on the site, with a reported membership of 252,
plus a large Sunday School and activities every night of the week.
||The opening of the Sir William McArthur Memorial Chapel. The new premises cost £4,545 and comprised
a Church to seat 800, the schoolroom beneath and the rooms that still survive at the rear.|
||The Bassein Park Chapel, seating 300 persons, with schoolroom beneath, was opened within three
months of the laying of the Foundation Stone. It cost £1,633 to build. A gallery to seat 120 was
added, but the building soon proved too small.