High Pavement Chapel

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High Pavement Chapel is a building on High Pavement in Nottingham. It is now the Pitcher and Piano public house and is Grade II listed.

Unitarian Chapel on High Pavement, now the Pitcher and Piano public house


By August 1662, under the Act of Uniformity, two Nottingham ministers, John Whitlock and William Reynolds had been deprived of their living at St Mary's Church, Nottingham and a third, John Barret, of his at St Peter's left town to comply with the Five Mile Act 1665. However, they continued to preach in the area, including houses in Nottingham's Bridlesmith Gate and Middle Pavement. This led to the foundation of a permanent chapel in High Pavement in 1690.[1]

By 1735 the congregation had established itself as liberal and in 1802 as Unitarian. In 1758 the appointment of a new junior minister, Isaac Smithson, caused a schism. The senior minister withdrew to a new chapel in nearby Halifax Place. This schism lasted until 1775 when the two congregations merged. The original chapel was considerably rebuilt in 1805.

In 1864 the congregation opened a daughter church, Christ Church, Peas Hill. This survived until 1932.

The current building was opened in 1876, built to a design of the architect Stuart Colman, of Bristol. It was used as a place of worship for Unitarian Presbyterians in Nottingham until 1982. It was then converted into the Nottingham Lace Museum, but this venture proved financially unviable[citation needed]. The building was then converted to its current use, as a Pitcher and Piano public house.[2]

Stained glass[edit]

  • East window 1904, by Morris & Co., to designs by Philip Burne-Jones
  • North aisle war memorial window, 1925, by Kempe & Co
  • Sunday School memorial window, 1906, by H Holiday
  • North transept north window 1890, by H Enfield



  • Henry Farmer 1839 - 1879
  • William Lawrence ???? - 1883 - 1885 - ????
  • William Wright ???? - 1879 - 1888 - ???? (later organist of Christ Church, New Radford)
  • Charles Lymn ???? - 1902 - 1914 - ????
  • H. Freestone ca. 1916
  • C. E. Blyton Dobson 1920 - 1925
  • Wilfred Davies ca. 1960s


  1. ^ Peter Hoare: The Rectors of St Peter's Church, Nottingham, 1241-1991 (Nottingham: St Peter's Parochial Church Council, 1992), pp. 22-24.
  2. ^ "Pitcher and Piano website". 
  3. ^  "Hughes, Obadiah". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  4. ^  "Scargill, William Pitt". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  • An Itinerary of Nottingham, J. Holland Walker, 1927.
  • Allens Illustrated Guide to Nottingham, J. Potter Briscoe, 1888.

Coordinates: 52°57′04″N 1°8′45″W / 52.95111°N 1.14583°W / 52.95111; -1.14583