Langthwaite Wesleyan Chapel

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Langthwaite Wesleyan Chapel MYD14059 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Langthwaite Wesleyan Chapel MYD14059 (c) YDNPA, 2023

The Wesleyan chapel in Langthwaite opened in 1883, replacing a late 18th century chapel with a colourful story. The first Methodists in the dale worshipped in their houses; a room at the CB Inn and even in a local barn. The first attempt to build a chapel on common land just above the New (CB) Yard was foiled when the lord of the manor Colonel Sleigh caught them laying the foundations and ordered them to tear it down. In 1798 they bought land nearer Langthwaite and their first chapel was finally built at a cost of £400.

Whitsuntide was a particularly important chapel festival with chapel services, visits from friends and family and a Sale of Work. A local resident and chapel goer recently [2000] wrote down her memories of ‘Wissundy’:

“On Whit Sunday we had three services; morning at 10.30, the Love Feast at 2pm and evening 6.30pm…….The Love Feast had a good congregation…George Hird came round with the Loving Cups. We all had a sip of water, then a tray was passed round with either Bath biscuits or Love Feast loaf”. The festival is still carried on but scaled down a little


Hartley, Marie & Ingilby, Joan (1991) The Yorkshire Dales. Otley: Smith Settle

Ward, John (1865) Methodism in Swaledale. Bingley: Harrison & Son – Methodist Heritage website


Lies just north of High Green in Langthwaite on west side of road. Normally locked. Open for some Sunday services and community events. Can be viewed from roadside.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Langthwaite. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Steps to main entrance. Viewable from roadside.