Interior panorama of Cairo Street Chapel, Warrington, Cheshire UK.
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:118.5 MB (4.5 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:11209 x 3696 px | 94.9 x 31.3 cm | 37.4 x 12.3 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:29 May 2010
Location:Cairo street, Warrington, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Interior panorama of Cairo Street Chapel, Warrington, Cheshire UK. Its in an unloved street near an old cabinet works building. On this day I passed the lights were on so I walked in. No tripod, so the panorama was hand held. Cairo Street Chapel is the second oldest surviving place of worship in Warrington and is tucked away just away from the modern shopping area. It holds a lot of history of the town in many of the characters connected with it. Robert Yates was the founder, ejected from the Church of England in 1662, he obtained a licence for public worship. In 1689, religious dissent was permitted by the Act of Toleration. This Act enabled Dissenters to build their own places of worship and in 1703, following the raising of sufficient money through subscriptions, a chapel was built on land behind Randle Myddleton’s Smithy in Sankey Street. This is now Cairo Street. A deed signed between Dr. Charles Owen Minister of the Chapel and the Earl of Warrington refers to a “late erected building or meeting place”. It was during the ministry of Dr. Owen in 1745 that the present larger chapel was built. Dr. Owen was the minister of the chapel for fifty years from 1696 to 1746 and it was he who lead consolidation and growth of the chapel. In 1863 the chapel was extensively repaired, the old gallery was taken down and the interior re-seated to make it look much as it does in this photograph. The Revd. John Seddon followed Charles Owen in the Ministry at Cairo Street Chapel or Sankey Street Chapel as it was then known. The son of a dissenting Minister born in Hereford and educated at Caleb Rotherham’s Academy in Kendal, he campaigned and fundraised tirelessly for the establishment in 1757 of The Warrington Academy. He was a lecturer at the Academy, its Secretary and Minister of the Chapel. Active in many spheres of dissenting and town life, John Seddon was the first President of The Warrington Public Library.