Brook Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8DY
Brook Street Heritage site comprises a Grade I listed Chapel built 1687 – Knutsford’s oldest place of worship – and exhibition rooms featuring Elizabeth Gaskell’s early years in Knutsford, how it influenced her writing and her relationship with the families from the stately homes of Cheshire including Tabley House and Tatton Park.
The Gaskell room is set out as an early Victorian parlour with artefacts, costumes, books and information boards and a Dolls’ House representing Elizabeth’s home with her Aunt Lumb in Knutsford.
The Chalice Room has info on the history of the chapel and a brief history of Unitarianism. There are also examples of famous Unitarians.
The grave of Elizabeth and William Gaskell and two daughters are in the graveyard amid other well known people. Lovely tranquil gardens. Talks and tours as required during opening hours.
A video about the life of Elizabeth Gaskell can be viewed.
- Thursday 7 September: 1100-1530
- Friday 8 September: 1030-1530
- Saturday 9 September: 1030-1530
- Sunday 10 September: 1100-1500
No booking required
A lift in the chapel hall goes from ground level to the first floor exhibition. A level path leads to the chapel. Cars can park outside Adams Hill entrance so that disabled passengers can alight.
The Quarter Sessions records of Regina vs Turing and Murray will be on view on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Brook Street Heritage Site is midway down Adams Hill, opposite Knutsford Railway station. At the bottom of the hill is an Aldi supermarket; at the top of hill are traffic lights and beyond them, Booths Supermarket.