The Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT), a local community organisation dedicated to the restoration and reuse of historic buildings, owns this building known locally as the Chapel on the Beach. It stopped being used as a Place of Worship in 2006.
The Grade II Listed building reverted to the landowner, West Dorset District Council, which sought an alternative use, since no religious denomination could be found to take it on. The freehold of the building was transferred to the BADT in July 2012, together with a financial contribution towards the cost of converting the building. The Trust intends to establish the building as a West Bay Discovery Centre providing information to visitors about the history and environment of West Bay and the surrounding area.
BADT also owns and is restoring Bridport’s former library, the Literary and Scientific Institute on East Street. To learn more about the Trust’s activities, visit its website here.