A look inside the Loughwood Meeting House

Loughwood is one of the earliest surviving Baptist Meeting House's in Britain

Step back in time and explore Loughwood Meeting House, one of the earliest surviving Baptist Meeting Houses in Britain. The first record of the chapel dates from 1653.

Pews and pulpit

Take a look at the simple but cheerful pine pews and pulpit. The rest rooms and the stables are a reminder of how far Baptists were willing to travel to worship in safety. The baptismal pool is positioned beneath the floor, central to the pulpit.

Musicians gallery

Above the rest rooms is the gallery where musicians would have played during services. You can still see the music rests used by musicians playing stringed instruments and a hole cut in the book-rest to accommodate a bass violin.

Much loved

Loughwood is almost completely unique in holding the body of one of its pastors inside the chapel. You can see the wall tablet memorial (an indoors gravestone) to the much loved Reverend Isaac Hann on the church wall.

Hidden away

The history of Loughwood is a story of secrecy and persecution. The first known record of the chapel is in 1653 when a Baptist parish from nearby Kilmington sought an isolated place to worship.