What We Do

Historic Chapels Trust rescues places of worship in England that are no longer in use by congregations.   We aim to hand them onto future generations in good condition, as the physical record of vital strands of our history.  Our buildings include include a range of nonconformist chapels and Catholic churches - but not Anglican churches as there is government scheme for this. We encourage new uses to help make our building sustainable. Contact us if you would like to hire one of our chapels for an event. To view all forthcoming events at our buildings click here.



Learn to Ring in Todmorden

The bells at Todmorden Unitarian Church rang out a quarter peal on 12th July to celebrate the recently completed restoration of the bells, which had fallen silent. The restoration was a £70,000 project made posible by many generous donors and a legacy from local bell-ringer Geoffrey Cheetham. Todmorden is a training tower and if you live within reach and are interested in taking up bell-ringing contact Helen, the Tower Captain at Todrmoden on (01706) 847 - 964. Beginners are welcome.


A Harvest Tea 21st September

A re-creation of the harvest tea described in David Holmes's book 'An Inglorious Affair' describing the fierce controversies among Suffolk Nonconformists in the nineteenth century about what to sing (and what not) in chapel. Sunday 21st September.  For details see http://www.walpoleoldchapel.co.uk/


Bethesda - Our Boys - Now Open

An exhibiton tracing the fascinating and often tragic stories behind the WWI roll-call at this chapel in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent is now open. The Friends of Bethesda are working on the exhibiton over two years and hope to add further research to the already detailed stories being told. Freee admission but donations welcome. For opening dates see  http://www.bethesda-stoke.info/index.php/events/


C20 Chapel Architecture - 8th November

HCT's sister organisation the Chapel's Society has invited an impressive array of leading architectural historians to review developments of the last century, the event itself being held in a significant modern movement chapel in central Birmingham. 8th November 2014. For details and bookings see http://www.chapelssociety.org.uk/events/c20-chapels/


Church Sitter wanted - Aldgate, London E1

We are looking for a church sitter to welcome visitors to the oldest German Church in England. Weekday lunchtimes only on a regular flexible times. Email your contact details to director@hct.org.uk


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