Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

Ogden, West Yorkshire





Opening Times

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Toilets available (no disabled access toilets)
Access issues

Currently, although access to the chapel from street level is available via a ramp, there is no designated disabled toilets with wheelchair access on site.

Car parking and coach access
Also nearby

Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve 1 mile; Halifax 4 miles – the Piece Hall, Halifax Minster and Shibden Hall (home of Anne Lister); Haworth - the Bronte Parsonage 7 miles; Thornton - the Bronte Birthplace 3 miles. Access to section 11 of the Calderdale Way (Luddenden to Brockholes) is ten metres from the Chapel’s front gate.

1 Mount Zion exterior
Photo credit: Flat Cap Photographer


Mount Zion Heritage Chapel

Mount Zion stands in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Ogden Moor in Yorkshire. It is a significant site in the history of Methodism and one of two designated heritage chapels in Calderdale. John Wesley regularly visited and preached. He stayed in the cottage which still adjoins the Chapel, in a small first floor room now known as the ‘Prophet’s Chamber’.

The original meeting house was built in 1773 and replaced in 1815. The foundation stone and the sundial remain from the original building. The current interior was designed in 1881 by Leeming and Leeming. The pew rent board is still in situ and the Belgian organ from 1892 is in working order. The Chapel also houses the Horace Hird collection of Methodist ceramics.

In 1797 when the New Connexion led by Alexander Kilham, broke away from the Wesleyans, the ‘Kilhamites’ outnumbered the latter at Mount Zion. Consequently, the Wesleyans met in a barn across the road, leaving the New Connexion to meet at Mount Zion. Regular meetings ceased in 2014 when the building became a heritage chapel, but worship still takes place at least six times a year to mark important events in the history of the Methodist Church, locally and nationally and at significant times in the Christian calendar; the Chapel remains licensed for weddings and funerals.

The aspiration is for Mount Zion to remain a special place in the community, its presence demonstrating that generations of ‘people of faith’ have brought us to where we are today, in so doing creating a heritage, which while firmly rooted in the past, may inform the present and influence the future. The aim is to inspire people (of all faiths and none) to know about, cherish and seek to preserve this heritage, in the process adding their own stories to those which the Chapel already tells.

Mount Zion offers a programme of learning outside the classroom for children and students; adult group visits are very welcome; the Chapel hosts, open days, cultural and social events and a range of activities. Archive and record preservation is central to its purpose. In addition to the Hird Collection, Mount Zion houses a range of documents and artefacts. These are in the process of being accessioned and catalogued. There exists a comprehensive database of births and burials, plus a detailed grave plan. These may be accessed via the Mount Zion website.

Inside the chapel...

7. Mount Zion upstairs view
Mount Zion in 1910
Mount Zion in 1910
2 Mount Zion organ detail
6. children working - Mount Zion
5 children Working - Mount Zion
8. sexton's cottage and sideways chapel - Mount Zion

Keep up to date

Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

The best place to keep up to date with the events, services and news from Mount Zion is the Mount Zion Facebook page.

Mount Zion organ

Worship services

Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

There will be a minimum of six services throughout the year. For dates and times of services, please check the circuit website.

Mount Zion Garden