Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow

Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow
Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow
Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow is located in Cheshire
Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°19′50″N 2°11′43″W / 53.3306°N 2.1952°W / 53.3306; -2.1952
OS grid reference SJ 871 815
Location Wilmslow, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Unitarian
Website Dean Row Chapel
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 30 March 1951
Architectural type Chapel
Groundbreaking 1695
Materials Red brick with sandstone dressings
Kerridge slate roof with stone ridge
Minister(s) Rev Dr Vernon Marshall

Dean Row Chapel is a Unitarian place of worship near Manchester, England. It is located 2 miles (3 km) east of the town of Wilmslow, Cheshire, near the junction of the A5102 and B5358 roads. The structure has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[1] The congregation is a member of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, the umbrella organisation for British Unitarians.[2]



The chapel was built around the end of the 17th century soon after the passing of the Act of Toleration 1689. By 1843 it had become a ruin. It was restored but during the process many of the internal fittings and furniture were lost. The chapel was rededicated on 23 April 1845.[3] A further restoration took place in 1971.[1] Initially Presbyterian, it later became Unitarian[1] and is still in use as a Unitarian chapel.[2]



The chapel is built in red brick with sandstone dressings and is in two storeys. The roof is of Kerridge slates with a stone ridge. The eastern gable is surmounted by a stone ball and the western gable has a bellcote with a single bell, and a stone ball on its top. Two external staircases lead to the upper storeys and under each staircase is a porch providing an entrance to the lower storey. At the lower level are four two-light chamfered stone mullioned windows, and at the upper level six similar windows. In the centre of the wall are bronze war memorial plaques.[1]


At each end are galleries with the organ occupying the east gallery. The altar table is at the east end and is enclosed by a curved rail. Also at the east end is the three-level pulpit which was formerly on the north side. At the west end is a board containing the names of the past ministers.[1]

External features

In the graveyard is a sundial with three dials dating from 1871, which was restored for the 2000 millennium.[4]

Religious life

Two nearby Unitarian congregations are Chowbent Chapel and Cross Street Chapel.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dean Row Unitarian Chapel, Wilmslow", The National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), 2011,, retrieved 3 May 2011 
  2. ^ a b Find a Congregation: Dean Row, The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (Great Britain),, retrieved 23 January 2011 
  3. ^ Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 381–383 
  4. ^ Thornber, Craig (26 June 2005), Cheshire Antiquities: Dean Row Chapel,, retrieved 23 October 2007 

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