Explore our buildings and their history

contemporary engraving of Revd Dr John Fawcett
The bicentennial in 2017 of the death of John Fawcett - preacher, poet, theologian and leader will be celebrated in the chapel and town where he served.
flowers at the unmarked burial spot of James Baldry Saunders
Pacifism has a very deep roots in the English nonconformist tradition, as the Story of James Baldry Saunders shows.....
family wedding group outside Wainsgate Chapel ? 1920s
An exciting new research project across England is exploring what it meant to be 'Chapel'. Two of the nonconformist communities being studied centred on chapels now belonging to HCT.
Farfield Meeting House without shutters, 2015
Window shutters or not ... What is the Quaker way?
Penrose Primitive Methodist chapel, Cornwall
Nonconformism has created its own architecture. Not always given its due prominence by architectural history, it is now a focus of study. An illustrated Introduction to the architecture of nonconformism has been published by Historic England.
The Wallasey Reredos
The reredos at Unitarian Church, Wallasey, is one of the finest works, and probably the largest, from the Birkenhead Della Robbia workshop, open from 1894 to 1906. There was an important family connection between the church and pottery.
West Gallery musicians
West Gallery music is name given to the ensemble music played in chapels and churches throughout much of England in the Georgian period. It rapidly fell from favour in Victorian times but has undergone a recent revival as community music making.
Hardman East window at Longworth Chapel
HCT owns two chapels where stained glass by the celebrated Birmingham firm of Hardman & Co. is —or rather was — a major feature. The challenge now is to put them back...
Font at Todmorden Unitarian Church
Baptism is an ancient ceremony, with roots in pre-Christian times. HCT's chapels show a variety of attitudes to it.
Todmorden with Unitairna Church Spire - Fielden's memorial
Liberal in religion, radical in his causes, independent and determined in parliament, John Fielden's memorial is Todmorden Unitarian Church.