Former Wolverhampton Synagogue.
Usually, I don’t find it difficult to identify the original use of a building. This one was somewhat trickier. I couldn’t decide between some sort of industrial premises or maybe a chapel. The stone inscription at the top gives no clue other than the date 1903, with another number (5663) above. Today, it is St Silas Church of England (Continuing) Church. However, it was originally built as the Fryer Street Synagogue, Wolverhampton’s first permanent such building. 1903, of course, relates to the Western Calendar. 5663 is the equivalent date in the Jewish Calendar (calculated back to creation). Rather than write more myself, I discovered an excellent article on the subject – click here to read.
The Church of England (Continuing) Church is an off-shoot of the C of E, founded on 10 Feb 1994. This is just one of four congregations nationally. For more details, see this article.
Below is the link to a video which shows the interior in its current form as a Christian Church:
- Taken: 1 Apr 2020
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
- Focal Length 41mm
- 1/60 sec
- ISO 100