The Old Chapel is open to the public on set weekends with free entry. There are special event weekends throughout the year, monthly tea and talks, and heritage workshops.


Opening Times:

The Old Chapel is open from 2pm – 5 pm (unless otherwise stated) on selected Sundays during from April to October. Our 2018 open days and special events are listed below:


Open Days

Sunday 15 April, 2.00pm – 5.00pm – Free entry

The Old Chapel will be open for you to come and learn about the history of the building and Upminster.


Afternoon Quiz: Sunday 20 May, 2.00pm—5.00pm

Thinking caps at the ready for our afternoon quiz. £3 per person with teams of 6 or 8. Nibbles will be provided.

Booking is required.



Tea and Talks

The Old Chapel hosts monthly Tea and Talk Events. They are free to attend if you are a Friend of the Old Chapel, otherwise £2 per person, and refreshments are included.

Booking is required. To book a place please contact the Heritage Officer on 01708 642919


Weds 10 Jan, 10.30am – Exploring the Georgian Interior of Benjamin Franklin House, Gemma Smith

Our Gemma returns to tell us about research carried out to find out how the London home of this Founding Father might have looked

Weds 14 Feb, 10.30am – Wildlife at Hornchurch County Park, Mike Greenslade

Come and hear about what you might see on a visit to Hornchurch County Park

Weds 14 March, 10.30am – Gardening at Upminster Court, Lois Amos

Lois talks about her interest in gardening, and her time at Upminster Court

Weds 11 April, 10.30am – Bows, Bilhooks, Pikes and Muskets, Geoff Hartnell

Learn about the changes in weapons and warfare during the Tudor and Stuart periods

Weds 9 May, 10.30am – A brief history of the Huguenots and their distinguished service in the Great War, Keith Finch

Join Keith for part three of his series of talks on the French Refugees, the Huguenots.

Weds 13 June, 10.30am – How Upminster was developed, Tony Benton

Our local historian returns to tell us how Upminster developed from the 18th Century onwards.

Weds 11 July, 10.30am – Havering Local Studies, Simon Donoghue

Hear about the very many interesting items in our local studies library.

Weds 8 August, 10.30am –NZ Based Crime Thriller “Revenge”, Kevin Gill

Join Kevin as he talks about his latest novel, and being a writer of fiction

Weds 12 Sept, 10.30am – Romford Outrage, Linda Rhodes

Come and hear about the Romford Outrage – the murder of Inspector Simmonds in 1885

Weds 17 Oct, 10.30am – My Grandfathers Life, Keith Finch

A look at William Stanley Finch’s life and a reflection of his World War One story

Weds 14 Nov, 10.30am Victorian Cranham, John Phillips

John will return to talk about life in Cranham in Victorian times.



Getting Here

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The Old Chapel
Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School
St Mary’s Lane
RM14 2QR
Telephone: 01708 642919

The Old Chapel is on St Mary’s Lane in Upminster, in the grounds of Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, opposite the Windmill. There is limited parking during term time, because of this we recommend using public transport where possible.



The Old Chapel is a five minute walk from Upminster Bridge underground station which is on the District line. It is a 10 minute walk from Upminster overground station, also on the District line with regular overground trains to and from London.


The 248 stops at various points along St Mary’s Lane, the closest stop is Upminster Windmill.