The church closed in 2010 due to lack of attendance but it is still here and it still looks like a church. There is a stone cross around the other side of the building that adds to the deception. The building is looking a bit scruffy at the moment. It is constructed of large slabs of granite, huge shaped blocks that add to the strength and integrity of the place. The large leaded windows have bits of glass missing, broken by stones maybe. The lead itself has buckled and collapsed in places, I have no idea how this happened. The roof looks good though without going inside you cannot tell if the building is watertight. The side doors of the building, safe behind another locked gate, have little signs on them telling you to push and turn. Though the wall at the front has partially collapsed giving access to the grounds I have never dared to go in. The front gate is padlocked so someone does not want you to go in, but it’s obviously not William and Ada, who welcome you to enter into his gates with thanksgiving. Someone has been in judging by the empty glass and plastic bottles lying in the long unkempt grass. Black bags lie hunched just inside the gates, containing whatever it is that someone did not want. Bushes and trees are overgrown. Empty crisp packets, sweet wrappers and pages from free newspapers lie caught in the brambles. There is a look of decay about the place that seems to evaporate when the sun shines but underneath you know the decay is still there. The former glories of this place have long gone and the memories fade as age takes its’ toll on the building and the people who knew it when it housed their faith but the welcome is still there on the gates, the invitation still stands.
(Richmond Chapel is a Grade II listed building in Penzance, it was one of the last buildings to be built in the town using Cornish granite and ashlar masonry. Ashlar construction uses finely worked stone blocks, characterised by smooth, even faces and square edges. A group of Penzance citizens bought the nineteenth-century Richmond Estate and built the church with the profits from constructing the Richmond Street and York Street terraces. The chapel held its first service in 1907. Click on the following link for more information about the chapel and future use.)