Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Friday, 27 July 2012

Hyde Chapel Postcard


The history of Hyde Chapel goes back to before 1708, when the congregation built the first Christian place of worship in Hyde. A new church replaced the former building in 1846. This second chapel is still in use today, its high steeple, a noted landmark, is also a Grade II, listed building.

Beatrix Potter's mother and aunt were both married at Hyde Chapel. The Rev. Charles Beard married her mother, Helen Leech, and Rupert Potter in August 1863, while her aunt, Elizabeth Leech, married Walter Potter in May 1862. The Potter family grave is in the churchyard.

Thanks to http://www.unitarian.org.uk/ecu/HydeChapel/


Anonymous said...

Is Harry Potter related to the family?

Dave Williams said...

There's a blue plaque commemorating Beatrix Potter at the Gorse Hall Estate in Stalybridge and the story of her connection with Tameside is detailed here on the Tameside MBC website .