Chowbent Unitarian Chapel

Shrigley and Hunt Some windows in the chapel were made by this company Advertisement window by Shrigley & Hunt for their stained glass depicting John o'Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster: currently installed in the Lancaster City Museum.Shrigley and Hunt was the name of an English firm which produced stained glass windows and art tiles. The business began in the 1750s when Shrigley's was a painting, carving and gilding firm in Lancaster, Lancashire. In 1868, control of Shrigley's was passed to Arthur Hunt, a Londoner, who ran a stained glass and decorating business in the south of England. From 1878, Shrigley's became known as Shrigley and Hunt, with their premises being on Castle Hill, Lancaster opposite the main gate of Lancaster Castle. The new company also had a showroom in London.[1] After World War II the company moved to West Road, Lancaster but fire destroyed much of those premises in 1973, and the last windows made by the company were in 1980. Shrigley and Hunt made windows for many churches, including the Priory Church of St Mary in Lancaster and St Paul's Church in Scotforth. Their work can also be found throughout the UK and further afield in Europe. As well as stained glass, Shrigley and Hunt made art tiles; in the late 19th century these formed an important part of the income of the company. Some of the tiles can be seen still in situ outside their former workshop on Castle Hill. Lancaster City Museum has a significant holding of Shrigley and Hunt material. This includes two panels by E. L. Eaton, a stained glass window and its cartoon in the design of John O'Gaunt, several negatives showing posed figures for stained glass artists to copy, and two painted vases by William Lambert.[2] Unfortunately most other records of Shrigley & Hunt were lost in a fire.[3]

St. Anthony's Cartmel Fell Church, similar but not as grand tier pulpit


Brenda will be on holiday from 21 to 28 May. We are grateful to the Rev Helen Mills for conducting the service on 27 May.


The Chapel AGM will be held in the hall after the service on 13 May.The meeting will start as soon as we have had our cup of tea (please feel free to bring a sandwich). This is an important date in the Chapel calendar so please do your best to attend.

On Wednesday 30 May,at 7pm, at Atherton Parish Church there will be a service to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This is being arranged by Atherton Churches Together and local schoolchildren will be taking part. More details from the pulpit.


Rehearsals for the Chapel Anniversary will be on Thursdays, 17 and 24 May, Tuesday, 29 May, and Thursday, 7 June. New choristers always welcome.


We send our love to Joan Taylor who is recovering after a fall and also to Eddie Fildes who is waiting to go into hospital for an operation.

We also send our congratulations to Ryan Robinson who has just completed a BBC Radio course. Well done and best wishes for the future.


25 March: Amelia Ann Myring born 27.3.2011, daughter to Clare and Daniel.
22 April: Harry Robert Kelly born 26.01.2012, son to Joanne and Shaun.

[05/02/12]   SERVICES FOR MAY 2012

Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday School usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall.

Date Minister
6 May Rev B Catherall
13 May Rev B Catherall1
20 May Rev B Catherall
27 May Rev H Mills

[04/08/12]   A great service today, friendship shared is what it's all about and Rev Brenda Catherall does it well.

[02/14/12]   services back in Chapel now after a short break for some repairs

[02/07/12]   Question: Would Dickens and Darwin have wanted to be exalted in Westminster?

Chapel Photo's

Timeline Photos

[01/27/12]   The Service on Sunday will take place in the Hall, due to a burst heating pipe

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