Our History

Ringwood Meeting House was built in 1727 and is one of the most complete meeting houses of its kind in the country. Its historical importance is recognised with it having a Grade II* listed status, one of a handful of buildings in Ringwood town centre to be awarded such.

The box pews are original and a unique feature. An organ was first installed in 1843 and was replaced in 1933 with the one that exists today. Our handsome clock is a replacement, the original one having been stolen.

One of the house’s many characteristics is its amazing wonderful acoustics, always favourably commented on by those who have performed in this beautiful building.

Saved from demolition in the 1970s, it now houses a history centre. Our archive contains 1000s of photographs and documents relating to the history of Ringwood and the surrounding area. A large scale 'tithe' map and various artefacts are on permanent display in the upper gallery, and for those not able to climb stairs, a computer consul allows you to view these items.

Ringwood Meeting House by Pam Lahoud

Discover local history

Ringwood goes back many centuries and you can visit us and view a collection of old local photographs and historical material in our extensive archives. The town’s story is told in graphic displays in the galleries of the Meeting House.

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