Wainsgate Chapel

Wainsgate Chapel is a grade 2* listed building hidden away amongst the trees and hills above Old Town. It is home to various artists who have their studios or workshops in the adjacent Sunday School building, whilst the main Sunday School room is currently used as a rehearsal space, part-time art gallery and as a venue for community events. It is also available for hire. The Chapel itself seats up to 300 and is used for special events, the occasional funeral and for an annual series of concerts held between April and October. The building has an almost perfect acoustic for both music and spoken word events, and boasts a very fine Victorian organ which is currently being restored.

For further information contact Dave Nelson on 01422 843315 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Have you a Fawcett in your family tree?

One of the celebratory events will be a Fawcett weekend September 23rd and 24th, not just for those interested in John Fawcett, but for those who have a Fawcett ancestor. For example, we have had contact with some descendants from as far afield as Canada. We have also had much interest from USA because of the strong Baptist tradition there. The surname originated from Fawcett in Westmorland as early as the 13th century, reached Leeds in the 1500s and Bradford soon afterwards and is now prolific in both places. Hebden Bridge Local History Society is also searching for more descendants of the famous minister or his brother Richard.