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Mount Zion Heritage (New Connexion) Chapel

The present Methodist church building dates from 1815 and replaced the original buildings of 1773, in which John Wesley preached in 1774 and 1790.

The foundation stone and the sundial decoration remain from the original building. In 1797 a small group left the Wesleyans and became the New Connexion under the leadership of Alexander Kilham (see Kilham Memorial Chapel).

At Mount Zion, the Kilhamites were very strong and expelled the Wesleyans, who met in a barn across the road. Mount Zion is the oldest Methodist New Connexion society that has constantly met.

The current chapel interior was designed in 1881 by Leeming and Leeming, who also designed the Admiralty Building interior in London.  The original pew rent board can be seen in the vestry. The Belgian organ from 1892 is still mainly in working order: one of only six made by this company still in use.

Among its displays, the Chapel houses the Horace Hird collection of Methodist ceramics. There is a reserve collection available for study and research.

A fascinating and monumental graveyard surrounds the chapel.  A new garden and seating area at the front of the Chapel has been created in memory of the former curator, Irene Cunliffe, opened in May 2014.  The (internally modernised) cottage where Wesley stayed still stands ajdacent to the Chapel and is available to hire for retreats and meetings.

We would encourage you to visit our website where you will find a wealth of information including a very unique searchable Grave Yard Plan.

Additional visitor information
Toilets (no toilet for disabled people)
Wheelchair access to chapel - arrangements for visually impaired people 
Car parking and coach access

Worship services
There will be a minimum of six services throughout the year.  For dates and times of services, please check the Diary Dates page on the website or the Calderdale Circuit plan at

Also nearby
Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve ( SATNAV: HX2 8YA) Halifax 3 miles. Brontė Country, with Haworth Parsonage, about 7 miles away by car.

Upper Brockholes
Per Lane
Halifax HX2 8XG

Opening                                                             Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm June, July and August.       Please check the Diary Dates page on the website for dates for themed events and Quiet Days.

The Heritage Chapel can be opened at other times by prior arrangement. The cottage is available to hire for away days and meetings.  Please contact Pamela Spring for prices.  Schools, uniformed groups can experience 'A Victorian Sunday' - days can be tailored to fit the curriculum.

Pamela Spring
Tel.: 07567 333148

Property Steward: Matthew Townsend
Tel. 07432 483551

Getting there [SE067296]
Car: 3 miles from Halifax; take the A629 north. At Per Lane, turn left and the chapel is on the right. Foot: Mount Zion is on the Calderdale Way, and is set in good walking country.

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