Memorial plaque reinstated at Langrick Bridge after scrap lorry destroys original
A MEMORIAL plaque has been reinstated at Langrick Bridge after the original was destroyed by a scrap lorry.
On August 31, 2012, a container lorry carrying scrap metal, lost its load onto the forecourt of Main Road Garage, Brothertoft.
The incident caused around £12,000 of damage to the front wall of the premises, several boats and the garage's sign which have now been rebuilt and repaired.
It also destroyed a plaque commemorating an important place of worship.
Sue Hall from Langrick Bridge Stores, said: "It took most of that afternoon to clear up the mess and local people came to rally round which was great, we really appreciated that.
"There was an old chapel on the site which was demolished back around 1968 and a plaque was left in the wall.
"It's a bit of history and we wanted to put that back and acknowledge it for the locals."
The new plaque, made from sandstone, bears the inscription "Langrick Ferry Chapel. Opened 1820, re-opened in 1860. This plaque reinstated in 2013".
Aside from the plaque, the only other remaining evidence of the chapel's previous existence is three gravestones set against the wall at the front of the garage forecourt.
The chapel was registered on December 1, 1820 but instead of being registered for a specific denomination, was for Protestant Dissenters in general. A census record for March 30, 1851, showed that the congregation was of 10 for the morning service, 100 for the afternoon and 50 for the evening prayer meeting.
The chapel was sold in 1968 for £35 and demolished that same year. Sue and David Hall hope that reinstating the plaque will help to ensure the site's history remains known. Priest-in-charge of the Brothertoft Group of Parishes, Reverend Rosemary Taylor, said: "It has historical value and recognises that people used to worship here.
"Unless history is written down it gets lost and this is another way of remembering."