was apparently a 'little French church' at Sunbury
in the early 18th century. (fn. 78) It served the Huguenot
colony which was established there about 1703 (fn. 79)
and the minister, Charles le Blanc, is said to have been
there for 30 years before his death in 1735. (fn. 80) No
later references to the church have been found.
There were said to be no dissenters in the parish
in 1778 but by 1792 the Methodists and the Independents each had a meeting-house there. The
Methodist meeting-house was in existence in 1790
and in 1810 ten or twelve people were said by the
Established Church authorities to attend the morning service and three or four times as many the
evening service. Their numbers were said to be
declining. (fn. 81) Where this meeting was held is not
known: in 1957 the origins of the present Methodist
church were said to have been rather later, when
meetings were held in a cart-shed until the Wesleyan
church in Staines Road East was opened in 1866. (fn. 82)
This church had 93 members in 1957. (fn. 83) A Wesleyan
church at Upper Halliford was opened in 1872. The
building was demolished before 1934. (fn. 84) A coffeeroom in Staines Road was registered as a Primitive
Methodist meeting-place in 1882. The registration
was cancelled in 1935. (fn. 85)
A new building was registered for Independent
worship in 1792, and this may have been the meetinghouse which stood in 1803 on the river bank near
Rossall House. (fn. 86) In 1957 a former chapel on this site
was used as a storehouse. The church was apparently
formed officially in 1817. (fn. 87) The chapel was later
given up because of frequent flooding and was replaced by an iron building on the corner of Green
Street and School Walk. Services started here between 1889 and 1894, but in 1903 the building was
moved to the present site farther along Green Street,
which was nearer to the chief area of growing population. (fn. 88) The present Gothic church was opened in
1904, but the iron building still stands behind it and
is used for various church purposes. After the
Second World War congregations averaged less than
twelve persons. In 1948 an undenominational
prayer-meeting, which had met in the Methodist
church vestry since before the Second World War,
started to hold an evangelical Sunday evening
meeting in the Nursery Road School. This was known
as the People's Service. In 1950 the Congregational
Church invited the prayer-meeting to take over their
evening service, and as a result the movement
merged with the Congregationalists. (fn. 89) In 1957 the
Congregational church, thus reinforced, had 52
members. (fn. 90) Another Sunday evening service, which
had originated in an independent Sunday school, was
then being held at Kenyngton Manor Primary
School. (fn. 91)
Houses in Upper Halliford and Charlton were
registered for Protestant worship in 1826, (fn. 92) and a
house on the east side of French Street was registered
by Congregationalists in 1842. (fn. 93) No other references
to these meetings have been found.
In 1957 the Plymouth Brethren had a meetingplace in Burgoyne Road.
||C. E. Lart, 'French colony at Sunbury', Proc. Huguenot Soc. of Lond. xiii. 474-82.
||See p. 58.
||Par. Rec., Reg. i (burials, 1735).
||Guildhall MS. 9558.
||Ex inf. Mr. E. Brooker, Sunbury; Kelly's Dir. Mdx.
||Ex inf. the Revd. C. H. G. Carter.
Kelly's Dir. Mdx. (1886); cf. Gen. Reg. Off., Worship
Reg. no. 21215. See O.S. Map 6" Mdx. xxv (2nd and later
||Gen. Reg. Off., Worship Reg. no. 26280.
||Guildhall MS. 9580/1; M.R.O., Sunbury Incl. Award.
||Congreg. Yearbook (1957).
||Congreg. Ch. minute of 1903; Char. Com. files;
Sunbury and Shepperton Local Hist. Soc. Sketch of
Sunbury's Hist. .
||Ex inf. the minister and Mr. L. E. Henman, Sunbury.
Congreg. Yearbook (1957).
||Ex inf. the minister.
||Guildhall MS. 9580/6, ff. 95, 262.
||Ibid./8, f. 130.