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Report - Upper Brook Street Chapel, Manchester - November 2012


The One & Only.
28DL Full Member
So this just started off as one of them days just going to town and seeing what you can do. After a few fails on roof tops (damn maintenance men and padlocks). I remember seeing this old chapel on the Victorian Society website. So after trying to remember where this was for about half an hour, it just randomly popped into my head when I was on the way to do something else. So off I went to see what it offered.

Again as much as my other reports. Took with a point and shoot so I apologise if any of the photos seem a bit noisy or 'tilted'. Also there's no roof pictures because well there is no roof, lol.

If you would like to see more photos just check out my flickr.

Can't see any report on this besides this one (probably for a good reason haha) so on with the history.

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The Upper Brook Street Chapel, also known as the Islamic Academy, the Unitarian Chapel and the Welsh Baptist Chapel, is a former chapel with an attached Sunday School on the east side of Upper Brook Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, England. It is said to be the first neogothic Nonconformist chapel, having been constructed between 1837 and 1839. It was designed by Sir Charles Barry, who later went on to design the Palace of Westminster.

It is owned by Manchester City Council and is on the Buildings at Risk Register, rated as "very bad". It was partially demolished in 2006. The Victorian Society recently placed the building on a list of ten most threatened buildings in England and Wales.

The chapel was designed by Sir Charles Barry, shortly before he designed the Palace of Westminster. It was constructed between 1837 and 1839 out of sandstone, with a slate roof. It is in English neogothic style. The building has seven narrow bays, with buttresses and a lancet in each bay. The west end has a giant moulded archway, with an arched doorway at the ground floor with a window above. On the east end there is a rose window. The corners are square, with pinnacles. The inside of the chapel had galleries on three sides, and a ribbed, vaulted ceiling. The attached two-storey Sunday School is in the same style as the chapel, and has a triple-gabled north side, with large arched windows on the first floor. It also has a canted apse on the west end, and a lean-to porch. The building was listed on 3 October 1974, and is currently classed as Grade II.

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On with the pictures :thumb












The only decent shot I had of the old front wooden double doors :(.






Looking through the keyhole haha :thumb.




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