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Chadkirk Chapel is a redundant chapel near Romiley in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in Greater Manchester, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.
There are records of a chaplain at or possibly from Chadkirk in 1347, however, the fact that the name “Chadkirk” incorporates the word “kirk”, deriving from the Scandinavian word for a church or chapel points to even earlier worship here, at a time when Scandinavian influence on the local dialects of English was strong enough for “kirk” to be a usual word for a house of worship.
The earliest part of the present structure is the half-timbered east end dating back, very probably to the 16th century, the time of the Tudor Kings and Queens and of the Reformation, the break between the English Church and the Church of Rome.
In time, however, the chapel fell into disuse and decay. It passed through a succession of owners and is even reputed to have been used as a stable. Subsequently, it was used by Nonconformists but they were ejected during the reign of Queen Anne and erected a new chapel at Hatherlow, at the top of the hill overlooking Chadkirk which itself again became neglected and was "in a ruinous condition" until in 1747 it was taken over once again by the Church of England and substantially rebuilt in stone.
Further repairs were carried out in 1761 and 1860. In 1876 there was a restoration when much of the furniture was removed. The Chapel was declared redundant in 1971 and was acquired by Bredbury and Romiley Urban District Council. In 1974 local government reorganisation abolished "urban districts" and the area was transferred to the newly created Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. The chapel was restored in 1995 and is now open as a visitor attraction.
The present building dates from the 16th century, although the south walls were rebuilt in 1747. It is a timber-framed building with a slate roof but most of the walls have been rebuilt in dressed stone. At the west end is a timber bell-cote with a pyramidal roof and a weather-vane. The south wall of the nave has two doors and two windows with semicircular heads. Above the west door is a gabled dormer window. The chancel has a semicircular-headed window. The east and north walls of the chancel retain their timber framing. At the east end is a window with a semicircular head.
- Historic England, "Chadkirk Chapel (Grade II*) (1259981)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 10 September 2016
- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 89–90, OCLC 719918
- Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 28, ISBN 1-871731-23-2
- Chadkirk Chapel and Country Estate, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 4 July 2013
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