Cross Street Chapel

Cross Street Chapel is a Unitarian church in Manchester, England, famous in civic and national life for its contributions to piety and civil society. Jane Barraclough currently serves as minister at Cross Street, having been inducted in September 2008. It is a member of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, the umbrella organisation for British Unitarians.


The Act of Uniformity 1662, regulated the style of worship in the Church of England. However, many clergy rejected the restrictions, including Rev. Henry Newcome who established his own congregation that same year. The Dissenters' Meeting House was opened in 1694 and holds a special place in the growth of nonconformism within the city.

The Chapel

The building was renamed the Cross Street Chapel and became a Unitarian meeting-house c.1761. It was wrecked by a Jacobite mob in 1715, rebuilt and destroyed during a World War II air raid in December 1940. A new building was constructed in 1959 and the present structure dates from 1997. The Gaskell Room of the new building houses a collection of memorabilia of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.

Famous ministry and congregation
  • William Fairbairn
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • William Gaskell
  • James Heywood
  • Eaton Hodgkinson
  • Henry Newcome
  • John Henry Reynolds
  • Thomas Worthington

Building Activity

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