The History of Kipping Chapel

History of the church

Kipping chapel is nestled in the village of Thornton on the outskirts of Bradford...1843 rebuilding of chapel which replaced the original chapel built in 1769, for 100 years prior to this meetings took place in a meeting house within a Barn adjoining kipping house Lower Kipping Lane, This was chartered by Charles II in 1672. The chapel, on a rectangular plan, presents a 2 storey front of dressed sandstone "brick" with ashlar dressings. Simplified Greek Revival details. Three bays, the centre breaking forward slightly. Broad quoin pilasters, plinth, plat band, bed mould to frieze and projecting cornice broken over quoin pilasters. Hipped slate roof. Outer first floor windows have battered eared architrave surrounds. The central window tripartite with pilasters and entablature. Dated plaque set below. Ground floor has 2 light pilastered windows with entablatures and large central porch of shallow projection. Doric pilasters with rosettes to necking , deep frieze cornice and blocking course. Large double doors with horizontal moulded panels. Plain 2 storey side elevations. Galleried interior, the furnishings partly later.

... Still around the year of 1815 the village of Thornton had deeply divided loyalties over religion because there was a large non-conformist following in the area at Kipping Chapel here in Thornton, which was thought to be the first and largest of the Independent or Congregational Churches in the area and had an every increasing size of congregation, (more to follow shortly)