Take some literature, buy a book, pick up a post card: take something to remind you of your visit to our little chapel. Please also sign the Visitor's Book.

Visit this website again to put the pieces together, and leave us feedback about your experience in Tolpuddle.

getting the most from a visit

The Chapel is open every day from Easter to October
between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

picture of chapel interiorYou are invited to spend as much time as you like with us, but it is only a small chapel so you only need to allow around 30 minutes to look around, read the display materials and get the feel of the building.

Most people find it an oasis of calm, and an ideal place to contemplate life or to pray.

Tolpuddle is an exceptionally pleasant village to wander around. Why not spend half a day looking around the Chapel, the Martyrs Museum, and the Parish Church of St John, while enjoying the atmosphere of this charming village? The original chapel, the Standfield's cottage (Martyrs cottage) and George Loveless' home can all be found, and the ancient tree in the centre of the village is thought to be where the Martyr's met at first.

image of leafet, what motivates themA leaflet, The Tolpuddle Martyrs - what motivated them? is available from the chapel, and local Tourist Information offices, which includes a map of the village to help find the key sites.

What to do in the Chapel?

Look around and imagine the building in all its various functions - you are welcome to go anywhere, sit anywhere.

We suggest:

picture of the chapel interiorSit in a pew for a few minutes and imagine being part of the congregation when the building is full of people gathered together to worship, and learn about the Kingdom of God.

picture of table, cross and pulpitAt the front is a table with a Bible. Flick through and find a passage to read: perhaps the letter of James (towards the end, in the new Testament) Chapter 2, verse 26 would be a good starting point for considering the motivation of the Martyrs. It is saying that if you believe in something, but don't do anything about it, there is no point!

picture of children's seatsAt the front of the chapel on the right hand side are the children's seats. Sit and imagine all the children learning to read here; be careful, the seat is very low. The Methodist Church has always seen providing education and activity for children and young people part of it's calling.

picture of pulpitClimb the steps to the pulpit (yes you are allowed!) and stand as if addressing the congregation. Many of the Martyrs, notably George Loveless, and other Methodists that followed in their tradition, learned the art of public speaking by leading services.

picture from preachers eye viewTry reading out-loud from the big Bible that should be on the desk: some verses from the 23rd Psalm would be a good starting place (Psalms are found right in the middle of the Bible). You will need to speak clearly and loudly: Pulpits in Methodists churches are raised like this to help everyone see and hear, and not because the preacher is higher or better than anyone.

picture of harmoniumCheck out the harmonium: instruments like this were introduced in the late nineteenth century. A harmonium is a simplified organ: air  is pumped by the player using the two pedals near the floor. This instrument is considered a good harmonium, although most have a reputation for wheezing, clattering and generally playing out of tune. It is in good playable condition, but has to be treated carefully.
If you wish to play our harmonium, please contact us in advance,
or come to one of our open days where staff can guide you.

Picture of the chapel crossSit quietly to reflect or pray.
Some people think that the chapel is a "thin place": a space where it is easy to consider our faith, and where God can seem especially close, even if we do not normally think of ourselves as religious.
If you would like someone to talk to you about prayer, or to pray with you, please ask one of the volunteers.

Don't forget to read the display board.

Consider what you might make your stand for in the present day.

Is justice in this country important, or poverty in developing countries?

Perhaps you think Global warming is the key issue for this century?

 You may be motivated to support those imprisoned for their political beliefs?

Does a particular charity demand your support?

Why not stop and consider making a commitment to your chosen cause?

Think of a sentence or two that states why you care, and what you want to do. Then climb up into the pulpit and say these things out loud so that everyone can hear.

For many years the main road through the village was the A35, the main coastal road. As traffic built the village became very noisy and divided because it was so hard to cross.

The building of Tolpuddle Bypass has brought peace and calm to the village once more.  The local community has gone from strength to strength, with a new playground for children and a significant amount of new houses being built.