Unitarian Chapel
(King Edward Street Chapel, Macclesfield) - 1955

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
obk 44  not listed recorded without number

Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk picture with people walking past the Unitarian Chapel in King Edward Street, Macclesfield
The image of this silk was very kindly donated by Mary Brittan, UK.

Woven at bottom of silk:-    
King Edward St
Chapel 1690

Woven in Silk 1955

Printed at bottom of card mount:-

King Edward Street Chapel, 1690



Legend printed on inside cover of card mount:-
The oldest Dissenting Chapel in the town. It was built in 1690 immediately after the passing of the Toleration Act which granted freedom of worship to Nonconformists. It was known for a long time as 'Brocklehursts' Chapel', the Brocklehurst family being Unitarians and liberal patrons of this ancient place of worship. Many years ago it had a grass lawn in front and was open to both King Edward Street and the Market Place.

Card mount:
cm deep by cm wide

7.8cm high by 13.5cm wide

Technical Details supplied by Lewis Cowen:
First Sketch:       Mr Cyril Holland
Design Draft:Mr James Norris
Card Cutter:Mr William Stubbs
Weaver:Mrs Hilda Mathers
Design No:Z.10976
by Lewis Cowen:
The Brocklehurst family had for many years been supporters of, and worshippers at the Unitarian Chapel in King Edward Street, and KING EDWARD STREET CHAPEL was selected as the subject for New Year 1955.

Other comments:
This silk picture was also issued as a 1955 calendar, as well as the picture, as shown in the image below.

This picture was originally issued in a brown colour mount, and it is these coloured mounts which define the original issue of this silk picture. Several years later BWA realised their pictures were being bought as collectors items, and they seem to have re-issued all the early ones mounted in a white card mount (as the main image above). It is probable however that the silks of these white re-issued pictures came from the original weaving.

Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk image of the Unitarian Chapel, Macclesfield as an original 1955 calendar
image of this silk as a 1955 calendar

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