Explore the People and History Behind Our Buildings

Hardman & Co Glass
HCT owns two chapels where stained glass windows by Hardman & Co. were a major feature. At HCT’s Longworth Chapel ...
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West Gallery Music
It is so hard for me to disentangle West Gallery Music from the Historic Chapels Trust that I won’t even ...
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John Fawcett Bicentennial
If celebrities had existed in 1817, Rev. Dr. John Fawcett would have been one. Such was his fame, he came ...
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In Memory of John Booth
We were immensely sad to share the news that John Booth, Chair of the Friends of Bethesda chapel in Hanley, ...
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Baptism
The name Bethesda – popular for many chapels, especially in Wales – recalls the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. A ...
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A Pacifist of Great Conviction
I first came across James Saunders in David Boulton’s book Objection Overruled (1967, republished 2014), a study of conscription and conscientious objection ...
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‘Honest’ John Fielden
The lofty spire of Unitarian Church that commands the Calder Valley at Todmorden is now in HCT ownership. It was ...
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The Wallasey Reredos
The reredos at the Liscard Memorial Unitarian Church, Wallasey, is one of the finest extant examples of the architectural products ...
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Window shutters or not – what is the Quaker way?
Local people and walkers on the Dales Way may have noticed that Farfield Quaker Meeting House – that sits adjacent ...
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Non-Conformist Places of Worship
Historic England have published a concise 21-page illustrated introduction to the architecture of nonconformism in England. This Introduction was written ...
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