Front and rear views of the former Lendal Congregationalist Chapel, Lendal, York.

Although J. P. Pritchett (1789-1868) worked in York in partnership with Charles Watson from 1813 to 1831, the design of Lendal Chapel for the Congregationalists (1816) is attributed to him alone by Edward Royle (5). Pritchett had been a member of the preceding Jubbergate chapel and was a founder-member and deacon at Lendal Chapel. [See "J. P. Pritchett and the Congregationalists at Lendal Chapel," here]. The land was bought, foundation stone laid, and the chapel opened all in 1816. It is mainly in brick, but the ground-floor frontage has been altered. The ground drops steeply behind, down to the river, so there was space for rooms below the ground floor and main worship area. The chapel was on an important street, near the Mansion House and what was to become Museum Gardens (Inventory, building 29; Pevsner & Neave 222).

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Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Royle, Edward. Introduction. A History of the Nonconformist Churches of York. By William Ellerby and James Piggott Pritchett. Edited by Edward Royle. Google Books (full view). Web. 3 June 2022. 1-7.

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