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Chapels of England by Christopher Wakeling

Chapels of England is the first substantial synoptic account of Nonconformist church architecture in England. It includes examples from the seventeenth century to the present day, covering all parts of the country and each of the main religious traditions within … Continue reading

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Methodist Heritage News – Spring edition is now out

The Spring edition of Methodist Heritage News includes information on becoming a volunteer district heritage ambassador, a report on a new exhibition housed in the back kitchen at Epworth Old Rectory, which tells the story of British women in Methodism, … Continue reading

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Virtual views of Welsh chapels

Last year, Addoldai Cymru, in partnership with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), launched virtual tours of four of its chapels: Bethania Peniel Yr Hen Gapel Hen Dŷ Cwrdd. The project included laser scanning … Continue reading

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Brethren Archivists and Historians Network (BAHN)

In early 2016 the Brethren Archivists and Historians Network (BAHN) will publish Gerald T. West’s ‘From Friends to Brethren: The Howards of Tottenham – Quakers, Brethren, and Evangelicals’. This is a monograph on the changing religious allegiances during the Beaconite controversy in the … Continue reading

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The Disused Chapel on the Cornish Skyline

With thanks to our friends at the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance we have been alerted to a delightful half hour Radio 4 programme on Methodist Chapels in Cornwall, covering the history of how they were built, but also interviewing those … Continue reading

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Future of Welsh chapels debated

In early October a short debate was held in the Welsh Assembly on the future of chapel buildings in Wales. The country currently has a large excess of chapels and their upkeep falls to increasingly elderly and shrinking congregations. The … Continue reading

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2015 Heritage at Risk Register

The 2015 Heritage at Risk Registers indicate that 928 of the 14,790 (approximate) listed places of worship in England are at risk. Since 2014 there have been 161 new places of worship added to the list and 118 removed. The … Continue reading

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National Maintenance Week – winter hints and tips

With winter on its way – and it has been a very chilly weekend – the onset of the cold weather will bring the usual related problems for churches and associated properties. The Church Matters website has a short video … Continue reading

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Methodist Heritage News / ‘Property Matters’ published

The Autumn issue of Methodist Heritage News is now out, with a fascinating description of Methodist sites on the Shetlands Islands and an article on Cloud Methodist Chapel in Congleton. The chapel recently celebrated 200 years of continuous worship. The … Continue reading

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Museum of Methodism

And now for some good news: the Museum of Methodism in London was awarded  a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £93,000 in 2013 to restore and exhibit material relating to the global growth of Methodism. The museum’s new interpretation shows … Continue reading

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