Having just visited nearby Shute Barton (not listed on TripAdvisor I might add) we called in at Loughwood Meeting House on the way home. The turning is easy to miss, as it is a discreet green noticeboard on the side of the A35 road between Axminster and Honiton, rather than the usual brown one, but once down the lane, a further discreet sign points you left down a cart track, which opens out into a small parking area.
The Meeting House is the thatched building right next door, through a small gate. The door into the building is quirky, in that the handle turns anti-clockwise to open. Inside the fittngs are minimal, although the pews are all beautifully made and fitted together to maximise the space. Interestingly enough, the space under the seats interconnet and I could easily imagine the children of the time either crawling between the pews when they got bored with the services, or rolling a ball or stones to pass the time.
There is a gallery, which is quite steep, but probably the best place to be - certainly in the winter - as downstairs at the back are 2 small rooms which have fireplaces.
This was a Baptist chapel, but looks much like a modern day Welsh Methodist church with the pulpit dominating the whole place.
You do not need to spend long there, but it is a step back in time that should not be missed.
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