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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


Wesleyan Methodist Church (Former), High Street, Ashwell

Replacing, the still extant, old church in 1880s but demolished in 1979 after the congregation joined that at the United Reformed Church in 1977. Four foundation stones are mounted in a wall along the alley connecting High and Silver Streets at the side of the site.


Ashwell Museum website

Wesleyan Chapel (former), West Street, Lilley now the Old Chapel

Alongside a footpath off West Street, this building now looks much more like a modern house than a chapel. Only the shadow of arched windows and doors in the gable end give it away. It opened in 1837 and closed in 1954 and was converted to housing.

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Methodist Church (former), Romeland, St Albans

These steps near the Abbey are the only remains of a barn that was licensed for Methodist meetings in 1794.

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Marlborough Street Methodist Church history

Wesleyan Church (former), Wareside now Wesleyan House

By a road junction on the way up from the main road to Babbs Green. It was built in 1890 but is now converted to housing.

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (former), 48 The Hill, Wheathampstead now The Old Chapel

A small former Wesleyan Methodist chapel on the hill leading out of Wheathampstead towards Sandridge. This locally listed building has been converted into offices.

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Methodist Church (former), 78 High Street, Rickmansworth

This is a curiosity as it appears to be a small fragment of the original Rickmansworth Methodist church according to the local listing document which says, “The rear of No.78 was once the site of the first Methodist Chapel in Rickmansworth and a bricked-up ornamental doorway is still present in the side wall (referenced below).

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Locally Listed building details

Edwinstree Chapel (former), Hay Street, Dassels

According to the Victoria County History there was a Methodist church at Dassels. Dassels is a hamlet along the road from Braughing to Hare Street. The building is not visible from the road but belongs to the house called Edwinstree, although it seems to be physically behind the neighbouring Old Coach House. It is now a holiday cottage. The pictures of the chapel (the red brick building with a semi circular window) below were taken from a footpath that runs, at some distance, behind and above the hamlet. Edwinstree is shown from the road.

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Cottage website

Prospect Place Wesleyan Chapel, Highfield Road, Berkhamsted (former)

On a road off the High Street near the Baptist Church. Used only from 1854-56, it has long been converted into a pair of semi-detached houses.

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Locally Listed building details

Weslyan Church (former), Church Street, Ashwell

Now a house at 1 Church Lane. It was built in 1833 but superseded by a now demolished (1979) new chapel in 1880.

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