[Tagging] Place of worship key - approved?

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Mon May 10 10:07:44 UTC 2021

On Mon, 10 May 2021 at 09:49, Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote:

> Chapels are not always the entire building but just a room within
> something else, within hospitals for example.

It's complicated.

Originally the term referred to a small room within a church, usually with
its own altar.

Later the term was also applied to a place of worship in a complex with
some other main purpose, such as college, hospital, etc.

It also came to be applied to satellite sites of a church with no permanent
clergy attached, often referred to as chapels of ease.  Often these existed
a matter of convenience where local topography meant getting to the church
itself was a struggle for the elderly or infirm.  Occasionally a church has
denoted to a chapel of ease or a chapel of ease promoted to a church.

Finally, in Britain this term was applied to places of worship of
nonconformist denominations which, at one point in time, were not
legally permitted to call themselves churches, so they called themselves
chapels instead.  There are a lot of nonconformist chapels (and former
chapels) in my part of the world.

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