Unitarian Meeting House, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Unitarian Meeting House is a Unitarian chapel on Lower Street in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. The building, dating from 1717, is thought to be the earliest surviving nonconformist chapel in north Staffordshire. It is Grade II listed.[1]

Unitarian Meeting House, Newcastle-under-Lyme
53°00′42.28″N 2°13′49.32″W / 53.0117444°N 2.2303667°W / 53.0117444; -2.2303667
OS grid referenceSJ 84641 46073
LocationNewcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated27 September 1972

History and description edit

The original meeting house, built here in 1675, was destroyed by fire in 1715 by local people who opposed religious nonconformity. The present building was erected in 1717; it is thought to be the earliest surviving nonconformist chapel in north Staffordshire.[1][2] It was the place of worship of Josiah Wedgwood and his siblings, whose mother was the daughter of the Unitarian minister.[3]

It is a brick building finished in roughcast render, with a tile roof. The congregation space, and gallery above, remains in the layout of the original building. The gallery panelling and stair balustrade date from the 18th century. An attic storey, which is open plan, was added in 1926. The pews, fitted in 1957, were formerly in the demolished Wesleyan Chapel in Brunswick Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme.[1][2]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Old Unitarian Meeting House (1297486)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b "History" Newcastle-under-Lyme Unitarians. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Wedgwood, Josiah". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/28966. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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