The end of the road

THERE are three (at least) interesting points about this old picture of Pratchitt's Row at its junction with Hospital Street.   

   In no particular order, they are the Unitarian Chapel behind the wall on the left; the row of terrace houses on the right which is now the opened-up site of Morrison's supermarket; and what looks like a newly-created square corner to the footpath front right with the old curved path behind it.

   The picture was supplied by Paul Simpson from his family archives. He said: "I would guess it was taken mid to late 1960s. It was found in a bag a photos that came from my grandparents. Previously, I had only seen one other poor print showing the side of Pratchitt's Row that has been demolished".

   The current picture shows the new houses on the left of the road on the site of the chapel, the trees on the Morrison's site (right) and the mini roundabout that replaced the T-junction. 


JOSEPH Priestley was the Unitarian minister in Nantwich who, as a scientist, is renowned for detecting oxygen. He lived at Sweetbriar Hall

   In both pictures are the original terrace houses on the left of Pratchitt's Row with, just behind them, the taller former clothing factory which is now homes.

   In the far distance are the junction with The Beeches and Aldi supermarket. In the original picture the distant scene is the "council yard". 

Andrew Lamberton writes: "Here are two pictures from my book "Lost Houses of Nantwich". Above is the church seen from Pratchitt's Row.

   "The interior picture is a painting by George Hooper done in 1942 and it shows two brass plaques each side of the pulpit. One is dedicated to Joseph Priestley and the other to Philip Barker (founder of Willaston School) - formerly Regents Theological College and now in the occupation of COG 7 or The Church of God 7th Day Adventists.

   "When the chapel was demolished in 1970, the brass plaques were removed to the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester. A recent enquiry as to their whereabouts showed that they are no longer there, but we have a good idea where they might be. So watch this space!


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