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George Street Chapel
(formerly Independent Methodist)

Built by the members 1815–16, George Street was the first chapel in the world to have been built specifically as part of the movement to independence in Methodism, and one of the first five Independent Methodist chapels (see tinted box).

Four cellar dwellings were constructed in its basement, which originally offered social housing in difficult times, provided as part of the chapel's life. The life and times surrounding the chapel, the use of the cellar dwellings and the story of the chapel's refurbishment are interpreted and brought to life through the use of IT, displays with artefacts and handling objects, worksheets for young people and – for booked parties – live interaction with volunteer characters.

Changing themes in the interpretation and activities will feature different issues that would have been relevant to the chapel congregation, the nearby community and cellar dwellers. This will include: war-time; famous 'Oldhamers'; 'Wakes Week' holidays; Victorian times etc.

George St has been fully refurbished in a 1.3m project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to maintain original features: box pews, (bellows) pipe organ – now restored – and the gallery remain.

Tour price: 5.50 per person and additional charges for special events.

Additional visitor information
Lift operating from lower ground to ground floor; toilets include facilities for disabled people
Multi-storey car park 300m away, and up to 2 hours on-street parking for disabled people
No coach access and parking
Guide/information books and souvenirs available

For details and joining instructions, please contact the Project Officer. Follow us at:


58 George Street

Please contact the Project Officer

Project Officer
Tel: 0161 622 9259
Website: project

Getting there OS: SD923048
Car: SATNAV: OL1 1LS. Central Oldham, 300m from Spindles multi-storey car park. Exit the car park from the ground floor of Debenhams department store, taking the escalator down, turn left on to George Street and chapel is on the right.
Bus: 500m – from the Oldham Cheapside bus station head south towards West Street, turn right on to West Street, take first left and then first right. Pass Barn Street on your right, your destination is on the right at the end of the block.
Tram: 200m – cross the road from the tram stop and turn left up George Street.

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