Few commercial premises boast a history that spans nearly 200 years of creative tradespeople treading their floors in search of divine inspiration for their work.
The Old Methodist Chapel on Beech Lane in Macclesfield is one such building.
Erected in 1830 to service the religious demands of the growing churchgoing public as a result of the economic boom that came from Macclesfield’s silk industry, the Old Chapel could seat 350 worshippers and cost a princely sum of £510 to build. After completion, a debt of £400 remained and was a major worry for parishioners until it was finally cleared almost a hundred years later in 1923!
The Old Chapel provided a central meeting point for silk working families and even had a Sunday school behind the main building where children who worked in the mills during the week, were taught reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as lessons in morality and faith.
The chapel’s 170 year reverential past has undoubtedly shaped its future as a home for creativity and craftsmanship and is now the home of David Lisle Kitchen Design.
After beginning his career in a canalside workshop in Bollington’s Adelphi Mill, which he picked after getting off a bus randomly on his way to Macclesfield, David Lisle bought Beech Lane Chapel in 1999. After years working alone and with commissions coming left, right and centre, he needed room to expand and grow and wanted a beautiful creative space in which to communicate with and nurture new talent.
The chapel was not ready to move in to. David painstakingly carried out restorations using local craftspeople to retain the original structure, roof and fantastic stained glass windows which are housed in the façade of the building, casting a beautiful, magical light onto the showroom.
These restorations were carried out so beautifully and sympathetically that in 2002, David and the chapel were awarded the Macclesfield Heritage Award.
Nowadays, the chapel, restored to its former glory, is a fantastic and reflective space in which people can browse and find inspiration for their hand crafted, David Lisle designed kitchens, containing beautiful examples of craftsmanship and locally commissioned artwork, as well as a view of the busy workshop in the chapel building, where your dream kitchen will be made.