Building Name

Union Baptist Chapel and Schools Oxford Road Manchester

Oxford Road
Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester
GMCA, England
New build

TO BUILDERS - Persons wishing to CONTRACT for the several works connected with the Erection of a Chapel about to be built on the Oxford Road, may see the drawings and particulars at the office of Mr E WALTERS, 90 Fountain Street, any day after Wednesday the 10th instant. The tenders must be sent on or before the 20th March, addressed to the Committee for the said Chapel. [Manchester Guardian 6 March 1841 page 1]

OPENING OF UNION CHAPEL, OXFORD ROAD - This new and elegant chapel was opened for divine service on Friday the 19th instant. The chapel is erected from the design of Mr Edward Walters, and is in that style of Gothic architecture denominated Early English, which prevailed in the early part of the 13th century. The front is of stone, and is distinguished by two lofty turrets, 60 feet in height, with canopied buttresses attached. The internal arrangements are simple and commodious; the ceiling is canted, and ornamented with pediments and brackets; and behind the pulpit is a large enriched arch, with a tripled lancet blank window, producing altogether a very agreeable effect. The chapel at present is calculated to accommodate about 750 persons, and with an addition of side galleries, would be increased to accommodate 1,000. The cost of the chapel alone is about £2,4000; and the total expense incurred, including the spacious schoolroom behind, and the various incidental expenses of heating, lighting, railings, flagging etc. is about £3,600. [Manchester Guardian 27 November 1841 page 2]

The Baptist chapel in the Oxford Road, just opened, is from the design of Mr. Walters. The sides will be enclosed by buildings, therefore enrichment is confined to the front, which is of stone, and in the early English rich style, with a centre door, over which is a two light window, the whole surmounted by the highly pitched gable and square pinnacles. The recess in the east, in which is the baptistery, is decorated with three early English arches. The whole was executed for £2,300. [The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal. January 1842 Pages 27-28]

Reference : Manchester Guardian 6 March 1841 page 1 – contracts
Reference : Manchester Guardian 27 November 1841 page 2 - opening
Reference : The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal. January 1842 Pages 27-28
Reference : Builder 16 March 1872 page 201 - list of works by Edward Walters