Record Details

NHER Number:13124
Type of record:Building
Name:Former Congregational Chapel


This brick chapel was built in 1840. A Congregational Chapel was established in Guestwick in 1652 and it is likely that timbers from that chapel are incorporated into this building. During the 1990s the chapel was converted into a house.


  • The Congregational Chapel in Guestwick. This brick chapel with crowstepped gables was built in 1840. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TG 0603 2722
Map Sheet:TG02NE

Full description

Founded in 1652 but doubtful if anything except some of the brickwork remains of that date.

January 1978. Visit.
In 1840 porch and polygonal angle turrets added, and windows gothicised. Stepped gables with finials appear to be also of this date. Box pews, gallery on three sides, fourth side pulpit-platform with Gothic Revival rail - all of 1840.
Derelict at time of visit.
In graveyard to west, brick shed which could be 17th century, now used as cowshed.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 January 1978.

(S1) 1983 states that some traces of a timber frame remain from 1652.

1994. Building Survey.
Full survey by [1] suggests that there were only timber posts supporting the roof in 1652 and not a timber frame. Otherwise agrees with above. Reused ovolo mullion noted in the brick shed.
See report (S2) and accompanying drawings for further details.
E. Rose (NLA), 22 November 1994. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 12 March 2015.

Restored as house before 1997.
Much of interior fittings had gone beforehand but what remained has been kept.
E. Rose (NLA), 18 April 1997.

Architect's drawings (1992 and 1994; S3) and newspaper cuttings (S4) in file.
Architects drawings (pre 1992) as large rolled plans (S5).
E. Rose (NAU).

(S6) Describes detailed description of chapel fittings and interior, plans and elevations and photographs of chapel exterior and interior ahead of residential conversion.
M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 15 October 2012.

Monument Types

  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (17th Century to 19th Century - 1652 AD to 1840 AD?)
  • CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1840 AD to 1960 AD?)
  • NONCONFORMIST CHAPEL (19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1840 AD to 1960 AD?)
  • HOUSE (Late 20th Century to 21st Century - 1990 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 02 NE 16.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 531.
---Unpublished Document: Stell, C.. Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Report.
---Photograph: 1989. Guestwick Chapel. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1372914.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Smith, R. 1994. The Former Independent Chapel, Guestwick, Norfolk. Robert Smith.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. [Articles on the sale of the Former Congregational Chapel, Guestwick].
<S5>*Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
<S6>Monograph: Stell, C. 2002. Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses in Eastern England. p 244.

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