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Chapels of England

Front cover for Chapels of England

Buildings of Protestant Nonconformity

Hardback by Christopher Wakeling


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Religion in Britain after the Reformation was remarkably unstable and places of worship were the focus of dispute and regular change.

This book is the first substantial synoptic account of Nonconformist church architecture in England and aims to provide a history of Nonconformist architecture, using existing buildings wherever possible. It includes examples from the 17th century to the present day, covering all parts of the country and each of the main religious traditions within Nonconformity.

Despite the loss of very large numbers of chapels in the past half-century, there are still around 20,000 Nonconformist congregations in England. The book includes some of the smallest wayside chapels as well as some grand urban structures and aims to mention the most influential Nonconformist buildings as well as giving examples of the most common types. These examples are set in the architectural, religious and cultural context of the development of English Nonconformity. The chronological arrangement allows the reader to follow the main architectural development in the Nonconformist world

The range and varied nature of the architecture is illustrated with new photographs of both interiors and exteriors.


  • Dissenters and places of worship before 1689
  • The age of toleration
  • Enthusiasm and enlightenment
  • The age of Methodism
  • Growth and renewal: 1820-50
  • The age of pluralism: 1850-90
  • The Nonconformist heyday: 1890-1914
  • Chapels since 1914

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £50.00
  • Series: Architectural History
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Hardback
  • Physical Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustration: 261, colour
  • ISBN: 9781848020320


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Chapels of England image gallery

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  • Congregational chapel, Little Longstone, Derbyshire
  • Wheal Busy Bible Christian (now Methodist) chapel near Chacewater, Cornwall
  • Congregational (now United Reformed) chapel, Saltaire, West Yorkshire
  • Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
  • Congregational chapel, Upper Street, Islington, London
  • Interior of Unitarian chapel, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  • Congregational (now United Reformed) chapel, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • Wesleyan Methodist central hall, Westminster
  • Stained-glass window in Fairhaven Congregational church, Lytham St. Annes
  • Quaker meeting house, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
  • West Ham (Baptist) central mission, Plaistow, Essex
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple, near Chorley, Lancashire

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