Baptist Chapel

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The Baptist Chapel at St Mary's Gate survived the mass demolition of everything else in the area when a huge car park was created for a new Sainsbury's supermarket in 1978. Sainsbury's has now moved elsewhere but the chapel remains, in the centre of the parking area which now serves Wilkinson's and the other Ashton Square and Middle Row shops. Baptists, who had been meeting in Kensworth since at least 1652, bought the land in Dunstable in 1708 to build their own place of worship. Their chapel was badly damaged by a storm in 1849 after which the present building was erected.