Providence Chapel was built in 1884 in Orchard Street Rainham Kent. At the time the street would have been very short with only a very small number of houses on it but within very close view of Rainham Church.
Providence Chapel is said to have been built for the workers of Mr William Henry Wakeley in 1884. William Wakeley must have been one of the largest emp!oyers of labour at that time as he also had three roads named after him, William Street, Henry Street and Wakeley Road.
The chapel was derelict for a while and planned to be converted to flats but was taken over by Gerald Lukehurst furnishers as their bed showroom.
Houses on Orchard Street have similar date plates on them - one shows Reads Terrace 1887
From 1908 extract
Baptist Church: The Providence Baptist Church is situated in Orchard Street, and contains about 100 sittings. The pulpit is filled by supply. Deacons: Messrs. William Wakeley, Alfred Harnett, Percy Wakeley, and T. Roper. Services are held on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m., and on Thursdays at 7 o’clock.