What do you do if you need somewhere to keep your car but the only shelter available is a derelict chapel round the side of your house? Well, you could always covert that into a simple yet imaginative garage, and finish it off with a nice garden bench! Photographer Kate Nicol writes: “Somehow I preferred it in its derelict state” (see below). But at least the makeshift renovation has cemented the future of this tiny slice of rural history, while providing a low-cost, environmentally friendly solution to the garage problem.
The Primitive Methodist chapel is located at Normanby-le-Wold along the Viking Way, a 147 mile long footpath from the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire to Oakham in Rutland. Hundreds of chapels like this were built throughout rural England during the 18th and 19th centuries, and many still exist in various states of disrepair. While few still serve as churches, some have been creatively converted while other lie abandoned.