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Torn bibles, broken organs and smashed stained windows – this is the sorry state of the inside of an abandoned Sheffield chapel.

Grade II listed Loxley Chapel was officially closed in 1993 after opening its doors in 1787.

Pews with hymn sheets inside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield,PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIApictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

Pews with hymn sheets inside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield,PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIApictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The church, which has been known as Loxley Methodist Church and Loxley United Reformed Church, has been left in a shocking state of disrepair.

The surrounding cemetery is also overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage.

Inside, the keys of the enormous organ are smashed to pieces and a stack of bibles and hymnbooks are strewn across a storeroom. Outside, plants swamp the gravestones.

Upon the building’s completion in the 18th century, consecration of the chapel was refused because builders would not install an east-facing window.

The abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks,  PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIApictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIApictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

Given the cold shoulder by its original owners, the chapel was eventually sold at auction for £315 and became an independent chapel.

However it soon recovered because, according to the Religious Census of 1851, the average congregation at an afternoon service was 200 worshippers.

Many victims of the Great Sheffield Flood in 1864 – which claimed 240 lives – are buried in the cemetery.

Among the bodies that are buried here are the Armitage family, who lost 12 members including five children. The whereabouts of their grave is unknown.

Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912, however his body was never recovered.

Shropshire resident Iain Kelly who has relatives buried in the chapel’s graveyard said he was ‘shocked’ at its state after visiting there in 2010.

Mr Kelly said: ‘After a long search I was unable to identify the family graves and came away quite distressed at the total and utter neglect.

He added: “My horror was increased on the discovery that the burial ground is still accepting new customers, as it were.

Looking out into the overgrown cemetery from the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

Looking out into the overgrown cemetery from the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

“I can’t help but feel that this is a shocking state of affairs being a microcosm of much which is wrong with our society. Here lay our dead.

“Sheffield people laid to rest in originally quite beautiful surroundings but now ignored and forgotten. How did this come about?”

The chapel is privately owned.

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The altar inside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The altar inside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

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A broken organ inside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

A broken organ inside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

A gravestone marking the body of someone who died in the Great Flood in 1864 outside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

A gravestone marking the body of someone who died in the Great Flood in 1864 outside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The overgrown cemetery outside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The overgrown cemetery outside the abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912.  & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY &  +44 (0)121 246 1932  & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk

The abandoned Loxley Chapel in Sheffield, South Yorks, Monday 23rd March, 2015. The Grade II listed building officially closed its doors in 1993 after opening them in 1787. The surrounding cemetery is overgrown with graves being lost in the foliage provoking outrage amongst families of the deceased. Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of RMS Titanic was baptised at the chapel. Wilde is reported to have killed himself as the ship sank in 1912. & PIC BY NEWS DOG MEDIA & SEE COPY & +44 (0)121 246 1932 & pictures@newsdogmedia.co.uk