The chapel was transferred into the Historic Chapels Trust’s ownership by the Yorkshire Baptist Association in 2002, after it fell out of use for regular worship. Wainsgate is considered to be ‘at risk’ by English Heritage and is listed grade II*.
Wainsgate is looked after locally by the Friends of Wainsgate group which is responsible for the day to day running of the building and the events that take place there.
The Chapel can seat up to 300 people. Adjacent to it is a 2-storey former Sunday school which is the same size as the Chapel.
There are artists’ studios at Wainsgate Chapel Sunday School. There is currently a waiting list, contact Dave Nelson for more details.
Wainsgate Chapel has become well known for its series of concerts which take place between April and October. The Chapel has a superb acoustic and has suited the many genres of music that has been performed there extremely well.
Funerals, baby naming ceremonies, wedding solemnisations, Christingle services for Old Town School, viola workshop, Heritage open weekends (every September).
Friends of Wainsgate have installed heating, theatre lighting and had all the Chapel’s own lighting repaired.
The Chapel is available for community and artistic use. Please get in touch with Dave Nelson on 01422 843315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in using it.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Sunday School has one large square room which is central heated and has a stage. This room has been used as a rehearsal space for groups such as the local Samba band, Flamenco group and The Collision Project. It has also been used for office space, The Old Town School Play, drama and music workshops and for hospitality during all chapel concerts.
There are also 9 side rooms which are currently home to 6 visual artists and 2 musicians.
The Sunday School also has kitchen and w.c. facilities.
The large Sunday School room can be transformed into an Art gallery (lighting and screens acquired by Friends of Wainsgate in 2010). There have been exhibitions by Old Town and Wadsworth artists as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the resident artists regularly take part in Hebden Bridge Open Studios.
The Sunday School is also available for community and artistic use. Please get in touch with Dave Nelson on 01422 843315 or email email@example.com if you are interested in using it.