Jezreel Temple/Tower, Gillingham
This fascinating building was built by James Roland White in the 1880’s and sadly demolished in 1961 but existed very close to where I live.
His plan was to build a giant cube-shaped bui
lding based on the biblical passage Revelation xxi, 16: “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length thereof is as great as the breadth … the length and the breadth and the height thereof are equal.” It was to be fireproof so that his followers could withstand the flames of the last judgement.
James was a big drinker and in 1912 when the building was acquired by the local council, 5 lorry loads of booze was carried from the temple. (Descriptions from Chris DE C B)