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National Children’s Home Chapel (Former), Highfield Oval, Harpenden now Youth With A Mission (YWAM)

In the northeast of the town, this site was originally a settlement for homeless children founded by a Methodist minister Thomas Bowman Stephenson. It moved from London to this site in 1913 but closed in the 1980s. The site became the National Children’s Home, a charity now known as Action for Children. It is now a centre for the Christian community outreach and training organisation Youth with a mission. The chapel is one of a range of buildings around a central grassy oval/

Youth With a Mission website

Harpenden History page

Listed building details

St George’s School Chapel, Sun Lane, Harpenden

In a range facing the road but well set back, this is the chapel of a non denominational (but with an Anglican chaplain) day and boarding school. The school opened in 1907 as an independent school but is now within the state system as a voluntary aided secondary school.


School website

Methodist Church, Lower Luton Road, Batford, Harpenden

On the main road through Batford which is effectively an eastern suburb of Harpenden. The church was built in 1904-05 to designs by Anscombe and Franklin.

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Harpenden Local History website on the church

Crabtree Church, Crabtree Lane, Harpenden

An independent evangelical church in the eastern suburbs of the town.

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Church website

United Reformed Church, Vaughan Road, Harpenden

Just up the road from Christ Church, this is a Congregational Church building of 1896-97 that replaced the Independent Chapel in Amenbury Road on the other side of the town centre. The architect was Arthur Anscombe.

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Church website

Christ Church, Vaughan Road, Harpenden

An independent evangelical church just down the hill from the United Reformed Church in the town centre. Many of their services are actually held in the URC building.

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Church website

Independent Chapel (former), Amenbury Lane, Harpenden

Just above Leyton Green and now the offices of a financial services company. It was built in 1840 and became a Congregational chapel in 1868 but was replaced by the current United Reformed Church in 1897 and sold after short use as a Sunday school in 1904.

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Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden

Just off the town centre at the top of Leyton Green. The current building dates from the 1960s.

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Church website

Old Chapel, West Common, Harpenden

Built as an independent chapel but now a house, attractively sited between the Common and Rothamsted.

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Church website

Friends Meeting House, Southdown Road, Harpenden

By the north end of the Common just outside the town centre. The building dates from 1887 as the Harpenden Lecture Institute and Reading Club and became the Meeting House in 1933.

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Church website