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Mount Zion (New Connexion) Methodist Church

The present Methodist church building dates from 1815 and replaced the original buildings of 1773, in which John Wesley preached in 1774 and 1790.

The foundation stone and the sundial decoration remain from the original building. In 1797 a small group left the Wesleyans and became the New Connexion under the leadership of Alexander Kilham (see Kilham Memorial Chapel).

At Mount Zion, the Kilhamites were very strong and expelled the Wesleyans, who met in a barn across the road. Mount Zion is the oldest Methodist New Connexion society that has constantly met.

The current chapel interior was designed in 1881 by Leeming and Leeming, who also designed the Admiralty Building interior in London.  The original pew rent board can be seen in the vestry. The Belgian organ from 1892 is still mainly in working order: one of only six made by this company still in use.

Among its displays, the Church houses the Horace Hird collection of Methodist ceramics. There is a reserve collection available for study and research.

A fascinating and monumental graveyard surrounds the chapel. The (internally modernised) cottage where Wesley stayed still stands adjacent to the chapel and is available to hire for retreats and meetings.

Additional visitor information
Toilets (no toilet for disabled people)
Wheelchair access to chapel - arrangements for visually handicapped people 
Car parking and coach access

Worship services
A Sunday   service at   2.45pm   on selected Sundays throughout the year - see Calderdale Methodist Circuit Plan at

Also nearby
Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve ( SATNAV: HX2 8YA) Halifax 3 miles. Brontë Country, with Haworth Parsonage, about 7 miles away by car.

Upper Brockholes
Per Lane
Halifax HX2 8XG

The Heritage Centre can be opened by arrangement. The cottage is available for away days, small conferences and meetings. We can cater for small coach parties and are willing to put on afternoon teas. 

Tel.: 01422 244860

Getting there [SE067296]
Car: 3 miles from Halifax; take the A629 north. At Per Lane, turn left and the chapel is on the right. Foot: Mount Zion is on the Calderdale Way, and is set in good walking country.

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