Longworth Chapel is a late medieval chapel that was originally located at Longworth Manor House, about a mile from its current location. After centuries of decline and agricultural uses it was moved, stone by stone to its present site.
This small but atmospheric building is a remarkable Victorian re-interpretation of a Medieval chapel and retains many 14th century features.
We don't have any events planned here at the moment, but we're open to visitors.
Grid reference: SO568406
You can download a brief guide to Longworth Chapel here.
Longworth Chapel stands alongside Bartestree Convent, now converted to flats and called Frome Court.
The nearest rail station is 5 miles away at Hereford. Bus route 476 connects to Bartestree.
Car parking available nearby at St Michael's Hospice car park. Please take care not to park in the residents private parking bays near the chapel.
In the area
The city of Hereford is 5 miles from Longworth Chapel. Hereford Cathedral is open daily for visitors, and there you can see the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition. Not far from the Cathedral is the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery as well as the Old House, a remarkable 17th century timber-framed building.
Herefordshire has wonderful countryside and many other towns that are well worth visiting, such as Ledbury, Hay-on-Wye (the literary festival is in May/June annually) and Leominster.
Bartestree, nr. Hereford
Access to the exterior at all time. The chapel is normally locked and visitors can obtain the key from the reception of the adjacent St Michael's Hospice during daylight hours, 7 days a week. You will be asked to sign for the key. Please return it promptly to the Hospice after your visit.
The chapel was built in c1390 as part of Longworth Hall but fell into disuse after the Reformation, serving at times as a barn and cider press. It was relocated to the newly constructed Bartestree Convent in 1870, where it served as the public chapel attached to the nun's church, adjacent.
Edward Welby Pugin (1834–75), Gothic Revivalist and son of AWN Pugin was architect of the early stages of Bartestree Convent. He may have been invovled in the relocation of the chapel which was overseen by Benjamin Bucknall who succeeded Pugin as the convent architect.
The chapel today is thus a Victorian interpretation of a medieval building incorporating extensive medieval fabric brought from Longworth. The chancel has a three-bay early 15th century oak roof, while the north (liturgically west) end has a plain, probably 16th century roof. There is a fine stone altar reredos of 1869, also probably by Pugin. The stained glass and statutory is by Hardmans of Birmingham.
When the convent closed in the 1990s the chapel again became derelict; it was vandalised and it lucky to have survived. The chapel was transferred to HCT in 2001. The first phase of restoration included repair of the roof and was completed in 2010, with the help of a grant from English Heritage. The redbrick nun's church adjacent is, along with the rest of the convent, now converted into a private house.
Longworth Chapel has an active volunteer committee and, together we are working to raise funds for the completion of the restoration work, which will include the conservation and reinstatement of the stained glass window.
HCT has prepared proposals for the restoration of the building and Historic England awarded a grant of £143,000 for the first phase of repairs.
This involved the full repair of the roof and repointing of the exterior walls to keep it weathertight and was completed in June 2010. HCT is now preparing the completion of the restoration, and fundraising for this is now in hand.
HCT's custodianship of the chapel is informed by a Conservation statement which can be downloaded here.
Longworth Chapel is available for community meetings, events, blessings, funerals and memorial services. If you would like to know more please contact us.