Chapel of the Month – August 2016

We’re cheating a little this month in that this building isn’t a chapel but the connection to John Bunyan seemed like a good reason to include this unusual Grade II listed heritage asset…

John Bunyan’s Chimney

Bunyan's Chimney

Bunyan’s Chimney

John Bunyan’s Chimney can be found in a small public garden on a walk through Coleman Green, near Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire. This mid to late 17th century brick chimney is all that remains of a cottage where John Bunyan is said to have stayed and preached. Today, John Bunyan is perhaps best known as the author of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ but he was equally well known in his day for his Nonconformist sermons. He was a frequent visitor to Hertfordshire and preached in many of its villages.

The list description notes: “The SW side of the base appears to be a C18 addition, blocking the original inglenook. Timber bressumer visible within the stack. On SW side is a commemorative plaque to John Bunyan who preached at the cottage on this site from time to time.”

The rest of the cottage, and the two buildings next to it, were demolished in 1877, when new cottages were built across the road.

The Chimney features in a series of Heritage Trails put together by Wheathampstead Heritage.

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