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Wallasey Memorial Unitarian Church

Wallasey Memorial Unitarian Church

Wallasey, United Kingdom

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Description Wallasey Memorial Unitarian Church is a redundant church in Manor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Historic Chapels Trust.HistoryThe church was built in 1898–99, and was designed by Edmund Waring and Edmund Rathbone. Its patron was Martha Elam, a local wealthy Unitarian; Rathbone was also a Unitarian and a scion of the prominent Liverspool banking and business dynasty, many of whom were nonconformist in religion and became Unitarians. Harold Rathbone, another member of the family, made the ceramic reredos which runs at high level above the sanctuary table of the church, and this is probably the largest executed work of the short-lived Della Robbia Pottery of Birkenhead.Rescue by [[Historic Chapels Trust]]In 1993, following the retirement of its last minister, the congregation consisted of only four members, and it seemed likely that it would be demolished. However the quality of its interior fittings and furniture led to the publication of an article in Country Life, and 1995 the building was taken over by the Historic Chapels Trust. It reopened in October 2002.

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