Alhampton Chapel

Alhampton Chapel is the daughter chapel of The Church of St Mary Magdalene in Ditcheat, Somerset.  The chapel is a Tin Tabernacle, a church made from corrugated iron sheets that could be bought by mail order. It was erected in the 19th century when it cost £250 and is still in use today, including a wedding in 2010.

The day I visited the chapel the rain was pouring down. I waited for a break in the weather to take a few pictures as I wanted to photograph the chapel while the daffodils were out.

Alhampton Chapel

Alhampton Chapel

The walls and roof are made of corrugated iron sheets that have been galvanised to protect against the weather.  In 2011 the church was restored after the locals had collected  £25,000.  This is a huge amount for so few people to collect.

Alhampton Chapel

Alhampton Chapel

The chapel is snuggly wrapped by a stone wall.  I guess when your only option is to buy a corrugated iron chapel you do have much money to spend on a large churchyard.  Looking at old pictures of the church there used to be a tree in this corner of the plot.  The wall is cracking so I guess the tree had to go.

Alhampton ChapelAlhampton Chapel

Alhampton Chapel

Alhampton Chapel

Alhampton Chapel

No Through Road

The chapel’s road is as unusual as the chapel itself.  The only name for this road is ‘No Through Road’.  This describes roads closed at their far end.  Normally, they have a real name but this road appears to have adopted its name from the finger post warning drivers of the no through road.  Given the quality of the sign this is best and only name you could give the road.

No Through Road

No Through Road

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2 Responses

  1. Mary Miers says:

    I am writing an article for Country Life magazine about tin tabernacles and would love to include a photo of Alhampton Church near Ditcheat, like the very nice exterior view you have on your website, showing its front and side with the wall in the forground. I wonder if you’d be happy for us to show this picture in exchange for giving a plug to the church?
    Yours sincerely,
    Mary Miers
    Fine Arts Editor
    Country Life

    • Jeff Bevan says:

      Hi Mary

      Apologies, I only just saw you comment. If it is not too late I would be happy for you to use the image in the Country Life magazine. I have shared you a link to the full resolution image on dropbox.

      Many thanks
      Jeff

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