SP1472 : Umberslade Baptist Chapel

near to Nuthurst, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Umberslade Baptist Chapel
Umberslade Baptist Chapel
This exceptionally fine nonconformist estate chapel by George Ingall opened in 1877. It was built for George Frederick Muntz, a Baptist convert and Member of Parliament who owned nearby Umberslade Hall SP1371 : Umberslade Hall. It is the sole survivor of the grand chapels associated with the rise of Birmingham nonconformity and it too is now redundant as a place of worship. It is now owned by the Historic Chapels Trust which plans to restore it with the aid of grants offered by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The church stands in splendid isolation in a small copse at the end of a tree lined footpath from Hockley Heath. The picture is from within the close confines of churchyard (hence the angle!) on a winter afternoon with the low sunlight reflecting off a monument.

While the church was being constructed the adjacent SP1472 : Old School Building, Hockley Heath was used as a temporary place of worship. These days the congregation now use the rather more conveniently sited SP1472 : Hockley Heath Baptist Church.
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