History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Everything is simple, even austere; the glass is clear and uncoloured, the walls are uncluttered stone and brick, the pews narrow and uncomfortable looking. The pews are jammed together in an intentional effort to make kneeling impossible, as kneeling was considered a Papist practice and thus to be avoided.
The chapel is built using a mix of materials; brick for the north and west walls and Barnack stone for the south and east elevations.
Quite why the chapel was built is unclear; it may have been intended for some type of Nonconformist group, but in 1662 it was annexed to St Mary's at Wisbech, some four miles distant, as a chapel of ease.
There is a society of Friends of Guyhirn Chapel of Ease, which once boasted poet John Betjeman as its President. In fact, Betjeman wrote a poem in praise of the little chapel.
Guyhirn Chapel is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Please check the Trust website for current details.
Guyhirn Chapel is just off the A47 four miles south-west of Wisbech. Approaching from Wisbech, cross the bridge over the River Nene at Guyhirn, then turn right onto High Road (the B1441). You will find the chapel about 1km ahead on your left.
Be careful; your satnav may send you up the wrong turning, as ours tried to do. Just stay on High Road and you'll be fine.
There is no dedicated parking that we could see, but we found it easy to park along the road.
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About Guyhirn Chapel
Address: High Road, Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire, England, PE13 4EF
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 4 miles south west of Wisbech off the A47
Website: Guyhirn Chapel
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Parson Drove, St John's Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
March Museum - 4.7 miles (Museum)
Peckover House - 4.9 miles (Historic House)
Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum - 5 miles (Museum)
Wisbech and Fenland Museum - 5.1 miles (Museum)
Wisbech Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Leverington, St Leonard's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
March, St Wendreda's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
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