History

While the origins of the first chapel on the site are unclear we know that between 1740 and 1742 the Georgians built most of the present building. Passing references and evidence show it developing through the two hundred years before the major re-building. Its growth in size and significance reflects the development of Congleton from a market town to a centre of silk and textile production.

The Story

There are two threads to this story: the history of the building and the life of chapel.

  • Bells

    St Peter’s has a peal of eight bells which are rung regularly. The earliest records from the reign of Elizabeth I show that bells in the old chapel had been cast by Henry Oldfield of Nottingham.

  • Former Schools

    The mayor and corporation were responsible for the maintenance of the earliest known education in Congleton.

  • Publications Available

    There are various publications available that detail the history of the building and the restoration work undertaken.

  • People & Memorials

    Memorials at St Peter's

    Over the 650 years that a chapel has existed on this site many people have left their mark on the building