Holt URC

We are a non conformist presence in a village setting. We are 'good talkers' and love meeting and chatting with visitors and anyone seeking to find a worship home. Come and see!

Holt, Wiltshire

Opening times

Not usually open outside worship times, but the church building can be opened by prior arrangement.

Address

Holt
Wiltshire
BA14 6RS

A house occupied by Samuel Martimer (Mortimer) was certified for Independent meetings in 1792 and his group may have been the forerunners of this chapel. There was certainly a small congregation meeting in a room at the White Hart Inn (now the Toll Gate) in 1800 and by 1810 Mr T Stratton was working to establish a non conformist chapel. From 1816 it was known as the Independent Chapel. The chapel was enlarged in 1846, and from then onwards the ground floor was used for a Day School and a Sunday School and the upper floor for church meetings. From 1859 it was known as the Congregational Church and the Beaven family of tanners, the largest local employers, were staunch members.

In 1878 the church took over the running of the South Wraxall chapel, which was then served by the Holt minister. Membership increased and the school was likely to have more children than it could accommodate and so a new and larger chapel was needed. The foundation stone for this was laid on 2nd June 1880 and a new building in the Early English style of the 14th century was designed by WS Stent of Warminster. It is 62 feet by 38 feet and has a nave, transepts, a west aisle, provision for an east aisle, if required, and a gallery. There were seats for 280, the church was built largely of Atworth stone, and the organ from the old church was removed and remodelled for the new.

The new church was opened and dedicated on 18th November 1880 with 200 people at a celebratory dinner and 400 at tea, despite a heavy snowstorm on that day. The old chapel continued to be used for both schools and other groups. On the national union of Presbyterians and Congregationalists in 1972 the church became Holt United Reformed Church. In 1977 the old chapel was renovated with the ground floor being completely gutted to make a chuch hall. This was opened on 28th June 1978 and is used by many organisations including Holt preschool.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • United Reformed Church

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