Forest Chapel

Forest Chapel

Forest Chapel stands in an isolated position in the civil parish of Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough in Cheshire, England within the Peak District National Park convert|4.5|mi|km|0 from Macclesfield (gbmapping|SJ974722). It is a Grade II listed building.cite web |url= |title=Images of England: Forest Chapel |accessdate=2007-09-13 |publisher=English Heritage ] There is a tradition that it is dedicated to St Stephen, but it is not certain that this has been confirmed. It is an Anglican church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Macclesfield. Its benefice is combined with those of Jenkin Chapel, Saltersford and Holy Trinity, Rainow. [cite web |url= |title= Information Sheet |accessdate=2008-08-11 |publisher= Church of England ]


The original chapel was built in 1673. In about 1720 Francis Gastrell, Bishop of Chester noted that it was not consecrated. The chapel was almost entirely rebuilt in 1834.cite book | last =Richards | first =Raymond | authorlink = | coauthors = | title =Old Cheshire Churches | publisher =B. T Batsford | date =1947 | location =London | pages =216–219 ]


It is built in sandstone with a Kerridge stone-slate roof. The nave and chancel are in one range of five bays. On the south wall is a porch. At the west end is a tower with a saddleback roof and there are louvres in the bell-openings. The tower contains one bell.

Fittings and furniture

The interior is very plain. On the chancel wall is a white marble memorial to the memory of Rev Samuel Hall, a former minister of the church. Over the porch doorway is a benefaction board. Built into the east end wall is a stone altar. The east window contains some Victorian glass. The chapel registers begin in 1759 with some loose sheets dating back to 1746.


The old tradition of rush-bearing still takes place at the chapel each August. [cite web |url= |title=Peak District Towns and Villages: Macclesfield Forest |accessdate=2007-09-13 |publisher=Cressbrook Multimedia ]


External links

* [ Photographs by Craig Thornber]

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