Low Row URC

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Moderator at Smarber Chapel

Dave Herbert and Worshippers at the Smarber Chapel Dave Herbert and Worshippers at the Smarber Chapel © Stephen Collinson

On Friday 5th May 2017, the United Reformed Church's Northern Synod Moderator, Rev David Herbert, led worship in the ruins of the Smarber Chapel before concluding worship in the Low Row URC chapel which replaced it.

Smarber Chapel was formerly a shooting lodge belonging to Philip, Lord Wharton - probably best known for the Lord Wharton Bibles. A Puritan and Parliamentarian during the English Civil War, he frequently ran into trouble with the King after the Restoration. In 1690 he converted part of the lodge at Smarber as an Independent Chapel for Protestant Dissenters.

A new Chapel (the present Low Row United Reformed Church) was built in 1809.

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