A Little Piece of England

On the eastern side of Kansas lies the sleepy town of Baldwin City. Sleepy, that is, until the school year begins and students flood the Baker University campus.

Right in the middle of this bustling campus lies a chapel. Not just any chapel, but a genuine English chapel–the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel.

It seems the chapel started life in Sproxton, England as the home of the local Methodist congregation. Built in 1864, it was used for 124 years before the congregation diminished and it closed.

It lay dormant for a few years, but in 1995, Baker University purchased the quaint brick building and transported it, piece by piece, to Baldwin City where it was reassembled.

Lady Margaret Thatcher, the late prime minister of England, assisted with the dedication, since her father used to preach there.

Non-denominational services are offered every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. The chapel is also available for small weddings–fewer than 100 guests.

You can visit Kansas Travel or Baker University to see pictures of this little piece of English history that was transplanted to the middle of the U. S. of A.

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