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​The Church

South Street Baptist Church is a Grade 2 late Georgian chapel with plenty of natural daylight and a flexible meeting space. It is connected to the Palace Gate Centre so people can go through to use Centre facilities without stepping into the rain. It also has its own entrance off South Street.​

The church can seat around 100 people on its bright and comfortable chairs. These can be laid out in a pattern of your choice. The balcony is not currently used and is not available for extra seating.​

The church makes an excellent venue for meetings, concerts and conferences. It has a good sound system and a deaf loop. The church is fitted with two large TV screens for presentations and has two repeater screens within the body of the church. At the back of the church, another TV screen enables the presenter to see a screen in front of them. 

​We make a   for use of this equipment and can train groups how to run it themselves. Alternatively, you can talk to us about paying for someone to run the equipment for you.

The church has its own entrance and its own toilets; the toilet for the disabled is shared with the Centre but is close to the church. The Lower Hall is adjacent to the church, enabling large meetings to easily use it for coffee breaks or catering space. We prefer groups not to eat in the church.​​​​​

Hire of the church includes use of the entrance room to it; groups often use this space to greet or register those coming to their events. We can set it up with tables and chairs.

We make a different charge for use of the church in summer and winter, as it is a large space to heat.

South Street Baptist Church is still used every Sunday for Christian worship and as a reflective and prayerful space during Dove Cafe on a Tuesday. It is not available on these days. We only book events or conferences in the church that we feel are compatible with it being a living, Christian place of worship and teaching.

The church has an open baptistery surrounded by decorative railing, which can be used by churches wishing to hire the church for a service of Christian baptism.

The front stage of the church with the baptistery behind. The picture above shows the front large TV screens and one of the repeater screens.

Fresh flower arrangements are placed in the church every week by ​our talented team of flower arrangers. These are included in your booking at no extra charge.


The church features the ‘Dove window’, which is the inspiration of our iconic Dove logo.