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Church

Westgate Chapel

Westgate Chapel

Contact

Westgate Chapel

01924 373307

Address

Westgate,
Wakefield,
WF1 1XR

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 1 Oct Alan Johnson - In Conversation

Details

Westgate Chapel was built in brick between 1750 and 1752 to a handsome Georgian design. It is set well back from the main road in its own grounds which provide a pleasant urban oasis with trees and shrubs and an unusual hosta garden. The Chapel replaced an older one of the late 17 century which was prone to flooding. The present pulpit came from there. The interior was substantially re-ordered in the 1880s with new pews replacing the box pews. The sides of the latter now form a dado round the walls of the worship space. The Chapel has a number of fine monuments including one to Daniel Gaskell (1782-1875) who was elected as the first Member of Parliament for the new borough of Wakefield in 1832 and was one of the Trustees of the Chapel. He is interred in the catacombs which lie beneath the Chapel. The Chapel has a fine organ by Wakefield-based Francis Booth, a prominent organ builder of the mid nineteenth century. Originally a place of worship for Protestant Dissenters, the Chapel became Unitarian in theology in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Services at 3pm each Sunday. Group visits can be arranged for those who wish to see the interior and to have a short talk about the history of the building and the concerns of the congregation’s past members.

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 329207  Lat: 53.68203 Long: -1.50302

By Road:
Follow signs for Wakefield City Centre. The Westgate Chapel is on Westgate set back from the road between the old entrance to Westgate Railway station and the Merchant Gate development and is opposite the Elephant & Castle public house. There are a number of car parks nearby all fee paying.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station (2 min walk)
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station (10 mins walk)

Facilities

  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired