Religious non-conformity in Stowupland

Non- conformity was first recorded in 1611 with 17 recorded recussants

1708 first mention of chapel in the parish of Stowupland. This was known as Harrolds Cottage and was situated on Newton Road, in what is now Stowmarket next to Monewdon House.

Between 1708 and 1835,  4 houses were set aside for non-conformist worship.

April 18, 1826, ‘Kerry for thatching Meeting House in part 6 -O,  Mr Prentice paid the rest {From C R Freeman diary (qv)}

1835 – A Cottage in Saxham Street that was owned by Robert Stegall and occupied by Thomas Pyman and Samuel Stebbings was reportedly used as  a Chapel (this maybe at Oak Tree Farm House

1839 there was a chapel in Chapel Lane.

1841 an 1859 land on Thorney Green fronting onto Main Road still had a building called ‘Old Chapel’  and a ‘Meeting house ‘still standing on land owned by Robert Burch