Sunday, 6 June 2010
Knutsford, home of Elizabeth Gaskell, is currently holding a literary festival and we've been meaning to go to all half term. We went over this afternoon to look around the display at the heritage centre and also to visit the dissenters chapel in Brook Street where Gaskell is buried. The chapel , now a Unitarian Church, was one of the first institutions to benefit from the religious toleration act of 1689, which allowed greater freedom of religious expression and worship. However, dissenters did still face considerable prejudice and persecution, the Brook Street chapel was built with numerous doors and exits in case of attack, and someone we were chatting to told us that certain members of the local church are still very disapproving of there being a Unitarian Church in the town!