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This simple chapel has been here for over 300 years. It is the oldest independent non-conformist chapel with continuous worship in the country. There are no grand features, no stained glass windows or statues but there are some intriguing details for you to see. The Rich family of Bullhouse Hall were supporters of the Vicar of Penistone (Revd Henry Swift) who favoured the simplicitiy of the puritan forms of worship. After the death of the Revd Swift, Elkanah Rich decided to build a chapel in his own grounds.

On the 18th April 1692 the chapel was opened as a place of worship for a congregation of Protestant Dissenters. The first minister was Revd David Denton, who was said to have a congregation of 200.

The pulpit is the focal point of the building and is believed to be the original. See the communion plates created for the 300th anniversary and coats of arms from the heraldry of the Rich family.

Bullhouse Chapel has remained independent and has never been affiliated to any
denomination at any time. It is much appreciated by local people whose family names appear in records going back generations. Some may now attend different churches but are interested and supportive of any events at Bullhouse. Some of them, and others in the neighbourhood, still look to the chapel for baptisms, weddings and funerals.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us; Secretary to the Congretation, Mrs Marjorie Cale-Morgan on 01226 891093 or email


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Address: Bullhouse Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, S36 9NF

Opening Times: Please ring the Secretary Mrs Marjorie Cale-Morgan on 01226 891093

Contact: 01226 891093 or

Directions: M1 J37. Follow A628 to Manchester through Thurlstone village (about 10 miles). After Millhouse Green, bear right staying on A628. Turn 1st right just before bridge onto Bullhouse Lane. Car park on left. On leaving car park, turn left through gate into courtyard. Chapel ahead.

Grid Reference: SE 211 027 GB Grid


The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.


Bullhouse Chapel


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