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Walpole Old Chapel

This grade II* listed chapel was created by local 'independents' adapting a 16th century Suffolk farmhouse to form a unique and inspiring place of worship.

Walpole, Suffolk

Opening times

The chapel is open to the public on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm, from 16th April until 24th September (excluding 30th April, 21st May and 2nd July).
It is also open, at the same times, on the following bank holidays : 18th April, 2nd May and 29th August.
Private visits can be arranged outside these hours.

Address

Halesworth Road
Walpole
Suffolk
IP19 9AZ

At first glance the building appears to be an attractive 16th century Suffolk farmhouse, in a lovely agricultural setting. But a closer look reveals its story.

A non conformist meeting house was created from this domestic farm building in the middle of the 17th century, during a time of religious repression. The congregation, which was originally formed in 1649, leased the farmhouse in 1689 and converted it shortly afterwards into an independent chapel. A simple space, created by local people to meet their own worship needs.

The chapel has one of the finest meeting house interiors in England, and vividly conveys the atmospheric setting of 17th and 18th century dissenting worship. The historic chapel is one of the most threatened types of building in England. Many have been damaged by unsympathetic conversion or the removal of fittings. This building has been part of the village of Walpole for over 400 years, and was a place of continuous worship for nearly 300 years.

The chapel formally closed in 1970, and eventually came into the care of the Historic Chapels Trust in 1995. It is cared for on a day to day basis by the Friends of Walpole Old Chapel. Today this beautiful Grade II* listed building continues to play an important role in the religious, social and cultural life of the community.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • National heritage here

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Car park at church

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Dog friendly

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • The programme of services and other events is available on our website.

  • Historic Chapels Trust

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