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We are pleased to welcome you to this Grade II listed Chapel only five minutes walk from the site of the Ironage Hillfort on Wincobank Hill. This historic building has been a vital community facility for 167 years, carrying on the philanthropic work of Mary Ann Rawson and her sister Emily Read of Wincobank Hall. These formidable women were highly respected social reformers and campaigners for the Temperance Movement and Abolition of Slavery. Their visitors included William Wilberforce, Lord Shaftesbury and the poet and hymn writer James Montgomery

The first Chapel was founded in 1816 in the coach house of Wincobank Hall. In 1841 this building was commissioned as a Day School by Mrs Rawson and Miss Read to serve the needs of the local children. In 1880 the Wincobank School Trust was created to ensure the educational work would continue. When, in 1905, the building was no longer required as a school, one room was extended to create the present Undenominational Chapel. In 1980 a mezzanine floor was added to the old school room to provide two community spaces within the remaining school room

Recently restored thanks to an English Heritage grant, the Chapel is built in typical Yorkshire style in plain coursed sandstone with slate covered roofs with gables and plain windows. It stands within a spacious informal garden. The interior of the building has great character and features an unusual timbered roof space. There is a most imposing pipe organ made by Bower & Dunn of Sheffield one of only three surviving examples. The perimeter railings and main window in the Chapel are awaiting restoration.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.


Open at specified timesKeyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsNot accessibile to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportToilets at site or nearby

Address: Wincobank Avenue, S5 6BB

Opening Times: Coffee morning on Tuesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm. Please phone to check before coming or to arrange a visit at other times.

Contact: 0114 249 1027

Directions: M1 J34. Follow A6109 to Sheffield, after 1/2 mile turn right at Jenkin Road. Continue to the top and over the brow of the hill. Fork left onto Wincobank Avenue. The chapel is 50 yards on left, set back from the road.

Grid Reference: SK 377 913 GB Grid


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


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