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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Dukinfield Old Chapel




"D" is for "Dukinfield Old Chapel" and today's photo shows this magnificent building situated at the top of Crescent Road in Dukinfield, less than a mile from Ashton under Lyne Parish Church.

Constructed in 1840 as a re-building of Dukinfield's older Unitarian chapel, the building is strikingly tall for its footprint. Built at the highest point in the central part of Dukinfield the chapel made a landmark clearly visible on the skyline from Ashton and is in a far more prominent position than the nearby St John's Church of England church. This reflects the competition and politics that went on between the established and non-conformist denominations at that time.

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11 comments:

  1. Never actually thought about the competition and politics of the size and positioning of different churches. Fascinating.

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  2. I never thought about church building as competition and politics either. Very interesting.

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  3. A good example of church competition was in Ashton, where the Albion Congregational Church was deliberately built just along the street from the Church of England Parish Church, and with a spire 2 feet higher than the tower of the Parish Church!

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  4. lovely old church
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  5. beautiful church with the name starting with D.
    :D!

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  6. What a beautiful Church ~~ but that bright orange sign has got to go!!!

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  7. wonderful! Check out my ABC Wednesday entry too. Thanks! have followed your blog.

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  8. is this chapel the same as Bethesda Chapel in Dukinfield or were they separate?

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