nation votes for Bethesda Chapel
results from sixth programme revealed
from the Tower of London, Griff Rhys Jones tonight (Friday 29 August)
revealed that the nation had chosen Bethesda Chapel, in Stoke-on-Trent,
to be the sixth building to go through to the final of the BBC TWO
series Restoration, winning over 43% of the votes cast.
Tuesday (26 August), in the sixth programme of the ten-part series
which featured the Midlands, Griff called on viewers to choose between
Bethesda Chapel and two other buildings – Cromford Mill in
Derbyshire and Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Birmingham.
on all three buildings is available through the website - www.bbc.co.uk/restoration.
than three million viewers watched this episode.
Chapel is one of the largest and most handsome non-conformist chapels
out of the metropolis.
brothers, known as the 'Radical Saints', built the Chapel in 1819
which regularly packed in more than 2,500 worshippers and became
the central place of worship of the New Connextion.
congregations forced its closure on 29 December 1985 and today its
most frequent visitors are vandals, pigeons and rats.
Tonight's result means that Bethesda Chapel will now become one
of ten buildings to be featured in the live final at the Tower of
London on Sunday 14 September.
a nationwide vote will decide which building should be given a new
lease of life with money raised throughout the course of the series.
Jenkins, Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Manager for the West Midlands
Chapel is a magnificent example of Methodist architecture. We are
very excited it has reached the Restoration final and hope the people
of the Midlands come out and support the Chapel now.
Heritage Lottery Fund is committed to helping as many people as
possible celebrate and enjoy their heritage, so have set aside £3
million for The Restoration Fund to help restore the winner to its
three more buildings were featured for viewers to choose between
from the Scottish Highlands – Burra Croft on the Shetland
Islands; a TB Sanatorium in Aberdeenshire; and Kinloch Castle on
Next Tuesday's episode of Restoration (2 September) will reveal
which of these will become the seventh building to go through to
are now open and viewers can vote by calling 0901 077 77 77.
is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland and currently
transmits on BBC TWO on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm.
voting lines are open for three days for each programme from 2.00am
on the day prior to transmission until midnight on the day after.
nation votes for Lissan House (27.08.03)
nation votes for Poltimore House (22.08.03)
nation votes for Mavisbank (20.08.03)
Lottery Fund pledges £3m to Restoration (19.08.03)
nation votes for Greyfriars Tower (16.08.03)
nation votes for Victoria Baths (13.08.03)
required across the UK (08.08.03)
- press pack (18.07.03)
- saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)
TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)
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