King Edward Street Chapel
This wonderful 17th century red sandstone chapel, which is 18 metres long and 6 metres wide, is a treat to the eyes. Approach it by a narrow passageway from King Edward Street, which was originally known as Back Street. Try to spot a lead downspout that bears the date 1690, the exact year the chapel was built.
This Grade II listed building is now an Unitarian chapel with no memorials or gravestones on site. As you enter the chapel, admire the two-decker pulpit and an oil portrait of Thomas Culceth, who was the minister from 1717 to 1751. You will also see a portrait of his wife.
Witness a two-manual organ dating back to 1846 and an elaborately carved chair made in 1688 by William Leicester. The communion table, which was presented to the chapel in 1894, is also elaborately carved. The bench pews date back to 1930.
The chapel still holds services today and is founded on the principle that “no-one should tell you what to think, what to believe, or what to be – because we are all capable of working it out for ourselves.”
If you are ever in Macclesfield, this chapel hiding behind other buildings, is well worth visiting. It stands quietly and secretively and it welcomes all who enter.
Costs: Free entrance but donations are welcomed.