Vernon Street Mission Room

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Vernon St Methodist 1
One of the few remaining buildings on the once-busy shopping and residential road that was Vernon Street: the Mission Room. Beyond the (Methodist? – see update below) Mission Room is the one-time Silver Star public house which has opened and closed over the years, most recently being a Polish bar and in 2012 The Three Buccaneers. In the photograph, behind that is the R&W Paul Ltd silo to the left and near the centre the top stories of  The Mill.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Vernon St Methodist 2
'VERNON ST.
ERECTED

MISSION ROOM
A.D.1870'
Large and small chisel capitals; very nice use of the strong decender on the numeral '7'.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Vernon St Methodist 3   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Vernon St Methodist 4
The Mission Room is, in 2012, the Shiloh Pentecostal Church. Note the lion's heads punctuating the gutter.

[UPDATE 10.2.2020: 'Hi I am wondering if the history of the Vernon Street Mission Room is a little more complex than the description “Methodist Mission Room” suggests. There are numerous newspaper articles linking the room to the Parish of St. Peter. The Ipswich Journal of 8 November 1881 contains a census of church attendance and Vernon Mission Room is listed with the Anglican churches. Did the Mission Room transfer to Methodists at some later date? It was certainly build as a Mission Room for the parish of St Peter.

The ancient parish (of St Peter) extends along the banks of the Orwell in both directions. I think it might loosely be described as the flood plain before modern river management and building.
The parish of St Peter extended to include all those roads from Stoke Street on the east to include Bell Lane, Austin Street, Great Whip Street, New Cut, Tyler Street, Purplett Street and Vernon Street etc. Presumably St Peter’s Church wanted to respond to the new building on the south side of the river but still within their parish, by building the mission room.  The St Peter’s parish boundary comes within a few meters of (St Mary At) Stoke church.
I found a 1950 OS map which shows the Mission Hall marked as ‘Elim Church’. It’s used now by Shiloh Pentecostal Fellowship who date their foundation in Ipswich to the 1960s. Marcus Bateman. Very interesting, thanks, Marcus.]

Notes
Shiloh, Shilo, or Silo is mainly known as the name of the biblical city which preceded Jerusalem as the central worship site of the early Israelites.
The name 'Elim' was taken from the account in the Book of Exodus, chapter 15, verse 27, where the Israelites, leaving the bondage of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, found an oasis called Elim: "Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters." This represented a place of refreshing and it was thought appropriate for a revival movement at that time.
Pentecostalism or Classical Pentecostalism is a Protestant Christian movement that emphasises direct personal experience of God through baptism with the Holy Spirit. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. For Christians this event commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

See our Felaw Street page for the street nameplates in this vicinity.
It's only a few hundred yards from the Mission Room to The Old Bell and the Trinity House buoy (towards the town) and Christ's Hospital Buildings, Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Bake Office and C.J. Hawes shop (towards Wherstead).


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