In 1848 the village of Beckington, near Frome in Somerset obtained a new school room attached to the chapel. This is how the opening was reported in the February 1849 edition of The Church.
On Lord’s-day, December 31st, 1848, the New School Room, adjoining the Baptist Chapel, Beckington, Somerset, was opened. Sermons suitable to the occasion were preached by Messrs. Manning and Middleditch, of Frome, and by Mr. John Hinton, who was recently chosen pastor of the church ; and on the following Tuesday, a Tea Meeting, given by twenty of the friends, was held, the proceeds of which, upwards of £14, went towards liquidating the debt incurred in the erection of the new building, the cost of which is estimated at £270, of which upwards of £40 have been raised by the exertions of Sabbath school teachers. After the tea, Mr. Hinton was recognised as pastor of the church, some statistics relative to the school and church were read, and the meeting was ably addressed by several ministers and friends.