History


There has been a dissenting congregation at Stand since 1662 and the first chapel was built in 1693. It was rebuilt in 1818 and was destroyed by bombing in 1940.

The present chapel was built in 1952 with a schoolroom, where many of the activities take place, being added in 1975. Our congregation is independent, self-governing and self-supporting.

We are affiliated to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. The General Assembly offers help on most aspects of church life and deals with matters of concern to the movement as a whole.



Stand Chapel is a member congregation of the Unitarian movement that evolved out of a desire to be free from the restrictions of formal creeds and doctrines. The name "Unitarian" was chosen because of a resistence to the doctrine of the Trinity which early members found to be irrational and impossible to justify. Modern Unitarians have a much wider perspective with a vast range of religious opinion. Unitarianism is about being free to find your own place, to be comfortable with your own beliefs and encouraged continually to explore and to challenge.