Quadrangle Chapel

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This chapel, also known as St. Andrew's Chapel[1] at numbers 4 & 6 West Hill Road was opened in 1828 with the first preacher being the Rev. Joseph Wood[2], fairly quickly becoming embroiled in legal disputes and was converted to housing.

The preacher originally resided in Eden Villa and the chapel could be entered by a doorway in the partition wall leading to the pulpit. The main, public, entrance to the chapel was at the east end with a large doorway up some steps from the street. An additional door led to a private residence, with the chapel to the left of this. It was capable of seating three to four hundred people. Having been constructed from stone quarried on the site, the chapel was fairly plain from the outside other than a worked cornice[1]. Other than the Rev. Wood, the Rev. Wells also preached here, then around 1840 the Rev. Sydney Widdrington, an Episcopalian took over the running of the church. The Rev. Widdrington was also minister at St Leonards Church. During 1851, Brett refers to the chapel as having been dedicated to St. Andrew[3] The final incumbent was the Rev. Alexander Gordon, who was described as not being particularly amiable[1].

The chapel briefly re-opened in 1863 as a Presbyterian chapel, but this would not have appeared to survived for long[4]

Final closure of the chapel was not far behind. Remaining empty for a number of years, the building was finally purchased by the Rev. J. W. Tottenham, who converted it into residences