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Chowbent Unitarian Chapel, Atherton

Description: Chowbent Unitarian Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 July 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 213471

OS Grid Reference: SD6790403215
OS Grid Coordinates: 367904, 403215
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5246, -2.4856

Location: 1 Alderfold Street, Atherton M46 9DS

Locality: Atherton
County: Wigan
Country: England
Postcode: M46 9DS

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Listing Text

SD 60 SE
(south side)
2/3 Chowbent Unitarian
(formerly listed
15/7/66 as Chowbent Chapel)
G.V. II*
Chapel, originally Presbyterian. 1721 replacing an earlier
building of 1645. Flemish bond brick with stone dressings
and slate roof. 3-sided-gallery.plan.A 2-storey entrance
wing of 1901 dominates the front elevation. It has a gable
pediment, an entrance with fanlight and keystone, a sundial,
a commemorative plaque and an oculus within the tympanum.
Abutments to either side obscure the original entrance
doors. The 3-bay side elevations and 4-bay rear have a stone
plinth, quoins and an eaves cornice on shaped brackets. Each
bay has a round-arched window which is keyed into a
continuous band on both first and second floor levels. C19
vestry to right. Elegant open cupola with lead roof and
weather-vane. Interior: an outstanding and virtually
complete survival with a central 3-decker pulpit surrounded
by box pews on 3 sides. The pews have raised and fielded
panels and have only been replaced on the rear gallery.
Turned oak columns support the gallery and a second tier the
roof. C18 commemorative tablets include one above the
pulpit to J. Wood, died 1759, which has swept sides and is
topped by an urn. Studded oak vestry door rehung from the
earlier 1645 chapel. Stained glass, some by Shrigley and
Hunt. The 1901 interior is not without quality especially in
its timber and glass fittings. Generally a fine example of
well preserved early C18 non-conformist architecture.
J. Wright, The storey of Chowbent Chapel, 1921.

Listing NGR: SD6790403215

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Source: English Heritage

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