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Bible reminders of old Netherton Baptist chapel

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • Gladys Luker's 1936 prize

  • Bible presented to Gladys in 1940

  • 1937 Coronation Bible with its askew stamp

  • Prizes awarded to Gladys Luker in the 1930s and '40s

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YOU may have a Bible or hymn book just like one of these, kept in a drawer or old box along with your other precious reminders of loved ones or days past.

These books were often given as prizes for good attendance at Sunday Schools and, given the proliferation of churches and chapels across the Black Country, there must be many thousands of just such books.

These particular Bibles belong to David Jennings of Rowley Regis and they were presented to his mother Gladys Luker by the Sweet Turf Baptist Chapel in Netherton.

The oldest is a book of psalms and hymns presented to her in 1936. Then we have a 1937 Coronation Bible that was stamped in a rather slapdash fashion with the chapel's name and into which young Gladys also wrote her address. The last prize was awarded in 1940.

The Sweet Turf Chapel in St Giles Street was built in 1820 from a group that broke away from the main Baptist church in 1810. Today it is the Champions Church.

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