Purcell Miller Tritton has started work on revamping Brook Street Chapel in Knutsford, Cheshire - the burial site of Cranford author Elizabeth Gaskell
The 1689 Unitarian chapel, which makes an appearance in her famous book Ruth, will be overhauled to improve access while the neighbouring school house will also be reworked to include a new platform lift and mezzanine floor.
The work coincides with the bicentenary of the birth of Gaskell whose novel Cranford was recently adapted for the BBC and starts a new series later this month (January).
Appointed as lead consultant, contract administrator and quantity surveyor, Purcell Miller Tritton will also be making major alterations in the chapel grounds including creating a new path to link the buildings, levelling ledger stones to improve access to the Gaskell’s grave and the installation of a new exhibition room on the school house mezzanine.
Mark Goldspink, the chief executive officer of Purcell Miller Tritton said: ‘We are delighted to be involved in a project with such historical importance. Elizabeth Gaskell is widely celebrated in the area and the Brook Street Chapel even features in her famous book, ‘Ruth’. It is fantastic that our improvements will make this site more accessible to the public.’
Purcell Miller Tritton recently made the headlines for another famous-author-related restoration - its work on the Chapel linked to Lewis Carroll.