Baptist Church, West Street

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The Baptist Church in West Street, Dunstable, opened for worship in June 1848. Its history can be traced back to a tiny Baptist meeting-house in the hamlet of Thorn, near Houghton Regis, which was originally an offshoot of the Park Street Church in Luton but which became a distinct church, with its own ministers, in June 1751. At one stage the building at Thorn was dismantled and lovingly re-erected at Houghton. In 1836 its Dunstable members decided to form their own church under the Rev Daniel Gould, who had been pastor at Houghton since 1826 and who was to continue at West Street until 1881.