- Forest Chapel
Forest Chapel stands in an isolated position in the civil parish of
Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarcloughin Cheshire, Englandwithin the Peak District National Parkconvert|4.5|mi|km|0 from Macclesfield(gbmapping|SJ974722). It is a Grade II listed building.cite web |url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?pid=1&id=58015 |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 Anglicanchurch in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Macclesfield. Its beneficeis combined with those of Jenkin Chapel, Saltersfordand Holy Trinity, Rainow. [cite web |url= http://www.cofe.anglican.org/about/diocesesparishes/infosheets/parish_results.html?parishid=C03033 |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 Chesternoted 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
sandstonewith a Kerridgestone-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
marblememorial 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=http://www.cressbrook.co.uk/towns/maccforest.php |title=Peak District Towns and Villages: Macclesfield Forest |accessdate=2007-09-13 |publisher=Cressbrook Multimedia ]
* [http://www.thornber.net/cheshire/htmlfiles/maccforest.html Photographs by Craig Thornber]
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