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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary


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A place of worship.

There are various kinds of chapels in Britain.

1. Domestic chapels, built by noblemen or gentlemen for private worship in their families.

2. Free chapels, such as are founded by kings of England. They are free from all episcopal jurisdiction, and only to be visited by the founder and his successors, which is done by the lord chancellor: yet the king may license any subject to build and endow a chapel, and by letters patent exempt it from the visitation of the ordinary.

3. Chapels in universities belonging to particular universities.

4. Chapels of ease, built for the ease of one or more parishioners that dwell too far from the church, and are served by inferior curates, provided for at the charge of the rector, or of such as have benefit by it, as the composition or custom is.

5. Parochial chapels, which differ from parish churches only in name: they are generally small, and the inhabitants within the district few. If there be a presentation ad ecclesiam instead of capellam, and an admission and institution upon it, it is no longer a chapel, but a church for themselves and families.

6. Chapels which adjoin to and are part of the church: such were formerly built by honourable persons as burying places.

7. The places of worship belonging to the Calvinistic and Arminian Methodists are also generally called chapels, though they are licensed in no other way than the meetings of the Protestant Dissenters.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Chapel'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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