“One of the oldest nonconformist chapels in England”
Walpole Old Chapel was adapted into a meeting house by the local Independent (or Congregational) movement in 1689.

Walpole Old Chapel, as it is now known, is one of the oldest Nonconformist chapels in England, recently described by Historic England as a “historic gem”. It has a fascinating history, which often reflects major changes or events in broader society. From here you can access this history in three different ways, by clicking on the links below.

The Written Record

David Holmes, a local resident, created an excellent ‘brief history’ based on known material in books and journals, and suggesting further reading. We still use his essay as our visitor guide today. You can read and download it by clicking the link below.

A brief history - An essay by David Holmes

The Discovery Project

In 2020 we started a community history ‘Discovery’ project – to find out if there was more history to be unearthed, and to look for the human stories behind the facts. Find out more about this great project, and see some of our emerging findings, by clicking on the links below.

Survey of the Graveyard by Vic Gray and Alison Peet

Walpole Old Chapel Baptisms 1706 to 1837

The Story of James Baldry Saunders: a Conscientious Objector – Christina Van Melzen

Walpole Old Chapel Deed – 1689

The Interactive Timeline

We plan to bring together key events and stories from the written record and the Discovery Project to create an interactive Chapel timeline, which also sits in the context of national events and trends. The static timeline below serves as a placeholder.


Walpole Old Chapel
Halesworth Road
Suffolk IP19 9AZ

Registered Charity 1198030
To view the chapel out of hours, please email us
This website has been supported through a grant from Councillors Locality Funding, Suffolk County Council
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