Document ReferenceHi
TitleRecords of High Pavement Presbyterian (Unitarian) Chapel, Nottingham, 1576-1982
Extent82 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; property deeds, accounts, minutes, registers, photographs, paintings, plans, drawings, printed volumes and papers.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe origins of the High Pavement Chapel are to be found in the ministry of John Whitlock and William Reynolds at St Mary's, and of John Barrett at St Peter's, Nottingham, during the period of the Commonwealth. The three set up a presbyterian classis, serving Nottingham and its neighbourhood, but were ejected in 1662. They suffered persecution under the Clarendon Code, attended lively conventicles in Nottingham from their base at Mansfield, and came together again to found the first High Pavement Chapel in 1690 or 1691.

By 1802, the Reverend James Taylor had begun to preach Unitarian doctrine and from about this time on High Pavement became a Unitarian chapel. The old chapel was rebuilt in 1805. In the 1870s it was demolished and a new church built in Gothic style, opened in 1876. The congregation sold the High Pavement church in 1982 and moved to a converted warehouse in Plumptre Street in the Lace Market.

High Pavement Chapel made a notable contribution to Nottingham education by founding one of the first non- sectarian charity schools in the country in 1788. Its descendant survives today. The Chapel also set up a successful mutual insurance association in 1807, the Provident Friendly Society, which only came to an end with the advent of National Insurance in 1948. The Chapel's Sunday School was established in the late eighteenth century. It should also be noted that the Chapel's members made a significant contribution to civic life, a number becoming Nottingham Mayors.

In 1863 the foundation stone was laid for the new, daughter church, of Christ Church, Peas Hill, Nottingham. The records of this church can also be found in the collection.
Custodial HistoryThe records were received by Nottingham University Library from the Minister and Council of High Pavement Chapel between 1962 and 1982.
DescriptionThe bulk of the Chapel's records date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries although there are a number of items from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including the classis minute book, 1654-60. The records cover the foundation, administration and functions of the Chapel and its associated organisations, including the Provident Friendly Society, Historical Society, Sunday School and Day Schools. There is a large series of portraits, prints and photographs of Chapel ministers and prominent persons associated with the Chapel since the seventeenth century.

The remnants of the Chapel's library can also be found in the collection. This includes a number of significant seventeenth and eighteenth century imprints.

The personal papers of John Crosby Warren (d 1931), a prominent member of the congregation and Warden of the Chapel, also feature. They include correspondence, draft articles and lectures, and material collected by him relating to the history of the Chapel.

A number of accruals have been received from the Chapel which are, as yet, uncatalogued.
MgtGroupReligious records
ArrangementThe collection is arranged as three deposits; Hi, Hi 2, Hi 3. Material within each deposit is arranged according to form (e.g. minutes, accounts) and then chronologically within each section. Material relating to Christ Church, Peas Hill, is under reference Hi Z.
TermPresbyterian Church - Great Britain - history
Sunday schools - Great Britain
Dissenters, Religious - England - Nottingham
Friendly societies - Great Britain
Church records and registers - England - Nottinghamshire
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: 3 Typescript Catalogues: Hi, Hi 2, Hi 3 At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: 3 Typescript Catalogues: Hi (32 pp); Hi 2 (27 pp); Hi 3 (36 pp)
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialPapers of Victor Horsley, pupil at High Pavement School, Nottingham, 1918-1928 (MS 284)
Pre-1837 registers from High Pavement Chapel are held at The National Archives: Birth and baptism register, 1690-1723 (RG 4/1587); Birth and baptism register, 1723-1777 (RG 4/1588); Birth and baptism register, 1760-1827 (RG 4/137); Birth and baptism register, 1811-1837 (RG 4/2674). Microfiche copies of these registers can be seen at The National Archives and at Nottinghamshire Archives. The website offers paid access to digital images of the registers via a subscription. It is free to search the registers on this website. Indexes to the registers are also available as part of the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and can be searched for free on
Nottinghamshire Archives holds parish magazines 1993-2000, and newsletter, 2008, relating to High Pavement Chapel (NR/6).
There are also some papers relating to Christ Church, Peas Hill, in the records of the North Midland Presbyterian and Unitarian Association: Applications to North Midland Presbyterian and Unitarian Association for grants from various congregations; 1916-1917, 1922-1937 (CP/A 2/1); and Bundle of papers relating to joint pastorate of Christ Church, Nottingham and Victoria Street Free Church, Loughborough; 1918-1926 (CP/C/2/2).
Related RecordMS284
Publication NoteJohn Crosby Warren, 'The High Pavement Chapel, Nottingham: A Biographical List of Portraits and a List of Books, Documents and Relics ReLating to Our Congregational History'.
Rev. Benjamin Carpenter, 'Some Account of the Original Introduction of Presbyterianism in Nottingham and the Neighbourhood with a Brief History of the Society of Protestant Dissenters Assembling on the High Pavement in that Town'.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA334High Pavement Unitarian Chapel
NA335Christ Church Unitarian Church
NA334High Pavement Unitarian Chapel
NA335Christ Church Unitarian Church
NA336Warren; John Crosby (-1931); member of High Pavement Unitarian Chapel Nottingham-1931
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