Wincobank Chapel

We are pleased to welcome you to this Grade II listed chapel only five minutes walk from the site of the Ironage Hillfort on Wincobank Hill.

About this church

This historic building has been a vital community facility for 167 years, carrying on the philanthropic work of Mary Ann Rawson and her sister Emily Read of Wincobank Hall. These formidable women were highly respected social reformers and campaigners for the Temperance Movement and Abolition of Slavery. Their visitors included William Wilberforce, Lord Shaftesbury and the poet and hymn writer James Montgomery. 

The first chapel was founded in 1816 in the coach house of Wincobank Hall. In 1841 this building was commissioned as a Day School by Mrs Rawson and Miss Read to serve the needs of the local children.

In 1880 the Wincobank School Trust was created to ensure the educational work would continue. When, in 1905, the building was no longer required as a school, one room was extended to create the present Undenominational Chapel.

In 1980 a mezzanine floor was added to the old school room to provide two community spaces within the remaining school room. Recently restored thanks to an English Heritage grant, the Chapel is built in typical Yorkshire style in plain coursed sandstone with slate covered roofs with gables and plain windows. It stands within a spacious informal garden.

The interior of the building has great character and features an unusual timbered roof space. There is a most imposing pipe organ made by Bower & Dunn of Sheffield one of only three surviving examples.

The perimeter railings and main window in the Chapel are awaiting restoration.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

St Paul

The church was designed by Basil Spence, the architect of Coventry Cathedral, and was consecrated on the Eve of the Conversion of St Paul, January 24 1959.

St Mary the Virgin

The earliest reference to a church is from 1141 although it is probable that one existed here well before the Norman Conquest.

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