Visit Notes

Whenever possible we hope to make the historical notes prepared by visit leaders available to a wider audience on our website. Thanks are due to all those who have diligently researched the visits and have allowed us to share their notes with our members.

Bristol and Kingswood including the New Room (28 October 2017) ~ David Dawson led a rich and rewarding visit reflecting the unfolding story of the New Awakening, and in particular the changing relationship between George Whitfield, John Wesley and John Cennick. David also prepared an An Atlas of Post-Reformation Places of Worship within the Central Area of the City of Bristol.

Cleethorpes and Grimsby (12 September 2015) ~ Rod and Margaret Ambler led a fascinating tour of Grimsby, which developed as a port in the C19 and its neighbour, Cleethorpes, a well known residential and seaside resort. Rod also prepared a detailed Bibliography listing his sources.

Loughborough and Charnwood Forest (27 June 2015) ~ Peter and Moira Ackers arranged a gentle walking tour of Loughborough town followed by a coach tour of Charnwood Forest taking in the gentle rolling countryside of Leicestershire and some of the oldest rocks in the world as well as a few delightful chapels. Additional information about the churches and chapels in Quorn can be found on the Quorn Museum website.

Edinburgh Notes (02 and 04 May 2015) ~ Tim Grass and Sara Crofts selected a variety of chapels from a range of Nonconformist traditions in their introduction to the old and new towns of Auld Reekie.

Bowland and Pendle Notes (13 September 2014) ~ Chris Skidmore introduced members to the delights of the Forest of Bowland with this tour of Lancashire valleys and their charming chapels.

London (12 July 2014) ~ Chris Skidmore prepared two excellent short self-guided walking tour of the City Road and Clerkenwell areas as a precursor to the AGM in Union Chapel.

Maidstone Notes (26 April 2014) ~ Paul Gardner led members on a fascinating tour of the charming and occasionally quirky chapels in this bustling Kentish town.

Taunton & Mid Somerset Notes (28 September 2013) ~ Peter Daniel and David Dawson arranged a tour through a landscape shaped by agricultural prosperity giving rise to a rich industrial heritage, which is manifest in the areas’s churches and chapels.

Harrogate and Pateley Bridge Notes (22 September 2012) ~ David Quick treated the Society to some contrasting urban and rural Yorkshire gems and great hospitality.

Kidderminster, Bewdley And Stourbridge Notes (14 April 2012) ~ Christopher Wakeling and David Watts explored the theme of the work, witness and heritage of Nonconformity in the industrial towns of North Worcestershire, a district which became a powerhouse for the iron, glass and carpet industries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Henley Notes (01 October 2011) ~ Chris Skidmore led a fascinating tour around this delightful part of the country.

South Buckinghamshire Notes (17 April 2010) ~ Alan Petford put together a superb itinery that saw a range of denominations represented in this very attractive county.

Newcastle upon Tyne Notes (10 October 2009) ~ Nigel McMurray organised a comprehensive and stimulating visit to the many and varied chapels in this fine northern city.

Rutland Notes (04 July 2009) ~ Nigel Webb prepared a topographical survey and bibliography relating to protestant nonconformists and roman catholics (post reformation) in Rutland.

Vale of the White Horse Notes (16 May 2009) ~ Chris Skidmore put together a stimualting programme combining a tour to the Vale of the White Horse with a tour of the town chapels in Wallingford.

Canterbury Notes (04 October 2008) ~ Paul Gardner led an excellent visit featuring many enchanting buildings with the Zoar Chapel being a particular highlight.