Built to designs by Kendal architect Stephen Shaw, the chapel was opened, originally as the Zion Chapel, in 1898.
A hall, shown below, was opened at the same time, offering space for lectures and debates.
"4 December. Commission to the Prior of Cartmel to confine Alice Skawseby in a certain house built for anchorites near the church of Kirkeby in Kendall." Whether this was a punishment or a request from Alice Skawseby, I don't know.