RINGWOOD MEETING HOUSE
Ringwood Meeting House was built in 1727 by the Dissenters/ Presbyterians, and later used by the Unitarians. The building was saved from demolition in 1970 and is now in the care of the Ringwood Meeting House Association Limited, a registered charity.
After refurbishment it was awarded a Grade II* listing status being one of the most complete buildings of it’s kind. As far as possible the original architectural features including the box pews were reinstated /retained.
The Meeting House is now, with its archive of photographs and articles, the official history centre of Ringwood. Exhibitions are held throughout the year, many are about local history while others support local groups, charities and artists. A large scale ‘tithe’ map and various artefacts are on permanent display in the upper gallery.
A variety of concerts and other events are held, from comedians, performers such as Matt Black, various musical events from instrumental to acapella, including bluegrass, traditional jazz, FB pocket orchestra and other choirs. We hold monthly jazz concerts every second Thursday. The building’s wonderful natural acoustics make for a perfect venue for live music.
All are welcome to look around the building, browse the archives or just sit and have a cuppa and chat with friends, where ‘me time is the norm’ and people can meet people.
Note The building and forecourt are available for hire and we have licences for live music, and licensed to sell alcohol. We can also hold wedding blessings, baby naming and other services can be held by arrangement.