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Westminster Methodist Central Hall
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It might seem strange that a building of secular appearance that housed the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, should be one the Methodism’s chief centres. It was opened in 1912 as the eventual result of a wish in 1891 to mark the centenary of John Wesley’s death. In 1898 the Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund was set up; it was popularly known as the ‘Million Guinea Fund’ because a million Methodists were encouraged to give a guinea each. Messrs Lanchester & Rickards won the completion to design the new building, and it was built in 1905-12.

Westminster Methodist Central Hall

The principal façade of Westminster Central Hall opposite Westminster Abbey.

The Central Hall is a huge Classical building, which occupies an entire block of land. It is close to Westminster Abbey but its style is in complete contrast to the mediaeval Gothic across the street. Neither does it compete in plan, for it is roughly square, with a considerably domed bulk. It certainly does not announce itself as a church. In fact, it houses numerous offices as well as the hall itself. A statue of John Wesley greets the visitor and an opulent grand staircase leads to a landing. The main hall lies behind. Over the years, it has been used for countless non-religious meetings, but it does of course play a continuous and leading role in English Methodism as its founders intended.

Westminster Methodist Central Hall

The main hall is used for regular Methodist worship and for many secular meetings.

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