Standing on the corner of London Street, The Factory or The Chapel is a significant building. Its tall pedimented frontage is completely unique and stands out. Over the years it changed hands many times, but each time its owner lost faith and sold it, it deteriorated further.
This old Methodist Chapel has an industrial heritage. It was a factory for over 30 years and soon it will be busy again, when it is transformed in to our new studio.
Built in 1902, The Chapel was owned by the Methodists until the 1960’s.
At that time it was sold to Turnbull and Asser, a gentleman’s bespoke shirtmaker and clothier on Jermyn Street in London, and became their factory.
Turnbull and Asser stayed for almost 30 years, finally selling The Factory (as it was known) and leaving Whitchurch in 1994. TurnBull and Asser went on to carry the Royal Warrant and become a house-hold name (James Bond wears T&A shirts!).
Sitting in a conservation area, The Chapel was highlighted as a notable building by locals and became protected under this listing. As the years went by, people tried to develop it but planning was always denied.
In 2013, Austen Miller Senior Partner of 3form Design, bought the Chapel and embarked on a long journey to design a new studio. After 16 years, we will have our own studio – designed, developed, planned and built by us.