Sunday Services
We are pleased to announce that all services are now back in the Chapel on Sundays at 11am.
The services are also transmitted by Zoom. Click the link below and join with us. Services start at 11.00am, but you can open the Zoom link from 10.30am onwards. The Meeting ID is: 833 3069 1718      
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Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel Leicester

We are a long-established congregation of, at present, thirty to forty individuals who share an enquiring outlook into non-dogmatic liberal religion.

The Chapel and its history

The Chapel was erected in 1708 as a “Meeting House of Protestant Dissenters” (read more) where with freedom from dogma we seek to affirm an open-ended faith in life, in humanity and in God.

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Leicester Unitarians Great Meeting interior view

Significant contribution to the life of the town
The congregation was the most important and influential in Leicester during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and members made a significant contribution to the political, economic, and cultural life of the town out of all proportion to their size or numbers.

In the nineteenth century Chapel members helped found the Mechanics Institute; the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society and the Leicestershire Archaeological Society.

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Heritage Open Week

During Heritage Open Week September 8-16 the Chapel will also host an exhibition ‘Town and Country’ by Leicester artist Kendrick Snodin, recent winner of the L.O.V.E Art Prize in Leicester and exhibitor this year at the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters. Click image to enlarge, click here to download Heritage Open Week PDF

town and country

Thursday, September 14, 7.00pm
A unique and historic roof structure – Illustrated talk

An illustrated talk by the Chapel’s restoration lead detailing how the intact 1708 roof and beautiful ceiling are unique and innovative for their time. What inspired and influenced the founding congregation and how did they accomplish this architectural and engineering feat?
Recent detailed investigation has cast new light, although some pieces of the puzzle remain incomplete. ENTRANCE FREE

Photos left show some of the unique features of the chapel roof. Click to enlarge.

CHAPEL TRAILSIn collaboration with the Arts Society we have compiled 2 trails for the chapel – ‘Children’s’ Trail’ and ‘Memory Trail’ which are a fun way for children or adults with memory difficulties to take a heritage tour of the chapel. Visitors are welcome to experience these by contacting us beforehand through the contact section of the website. Answer sheets are available in the chapel.

to view the Children’s Trail leaflet

to view the Memory Trail leaflet

Leicester Unitarians Great Meeting past events

Four seasons in the gardens near the Garden Room and school.
Springtime with bluebells, summer sunshine, autumn with falling leaves, and winter, with snow covering the Chapel garden. CLICK photos to enlarge.

More photos, showing unique tiles in the chapel, chapel interiors, garden areas, three generations of members, and stained-glass window.
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Join with Leicester Unitarians at the Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel, Leicester

Great Meeting : Unitarian Chapel : 45 East Bond Street : Leicester LE1 4SX

Updated Friday September 1 2023

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