Alan Turing  © CALS - QS

Brook Street Chapel Heritage Site, Adams Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8DY

In 1952, at the Sessions House in Knutsford (now The Courthouse Hotel), Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts in the trial Regina v Turing and Murray. He accepted chemical castration treatment as an alternative to prison.

This is a unique opportunity to view the record of the trial, in the town where it took place. On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday the Quarter Sessions records can be viewed at Brook Street Chapel, a Grade I heritage site.

This display has been made possible by the kind assistance of the Cheshire Record Office, where the records are permanently kept. The service identifies, collects and cares for archives and publications that are the evidence of Cheshire communities’ lives past and present.

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On Friday 8 September the records can be viewed at The Courthouse Hotel.

 

Opening Times

  • Thursday 7 September: 1100-1500
  • Saturday 9 September: 1030-1530
  • Sunday 10 September: 1100-1500

[On Friday 8 September the records can be viewed at The Courthouse Hotel.]

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

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.

Additional information

Turing died in Wilmslow in 1954, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined his death as suicide. In 2009, the then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated.” In 2013, Alan Turing was granted a posthumous pardon by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1917, ‘Turing’s Law’ retroactively pardoned men cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts.

Website

archives.cheshire.gov.uk/home.aspx