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Unitarian Chapel

A Grade I Listed Building in Ipswich, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0556 / 52°3'20"N

Longitude: 1.1519 / 1°9'6"E

OS Eastings: 616187

OS Northings: 244378

OS Grid: TM161443

Mapcode National: GBR TMW.41M

Mapcode Global: VHLBS.XLBJ

Entry Name: Unitarian Chapel

Listing Date: 19 December 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1037739

English Heritage Legacy ID: 275468

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1

County: Suffolk

District: Ipswich

Town: Ipswich

Electoral Ward/Division: Alexandra

Built-Up Area: Ipswich

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Ipswich St Mary-le-Tower

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


Unitarian Chapel
TM 1644 SW 3/86 19.12.51.

A very fine example of a C17 Meeting House. A congregation of Dissenters
was first founded in 1672 and the present building was opened in 1700. It
has much of its original work and the original interior fittings have been
retained almost intact. A square planned building with plastered walls.
2 storeys, the upper storey windows light the gallery which runs round 3
sides of the interior, All sides have imposing fronts but the main entrance
fronts are on the north and east sides. The north front has 3 window range,
mullioned and transomed casements with leaded lattice lights and 2 8-panel
double-doors with stucco moulded and shouldered architraves, panelled pilasters
and modillioned pediments on enriched console brackets. On the 1st storey,
above the doorways there are oval windows with spiders web leaded lights.
The east side has a central doorway similar to those on the north side and
4 mullioned and transomed windows as on the north side. Originally it faced
on to a courtyard approached by a passage way from St Nicholas Street. The
south side has 6 window range, 4 with semi-circular arched heads and oval
windows above, as on the north front. The west front has 4 window range
mullioned and transomed windows with leaded lattice lights. Roof tiled,
double pitched. The interior has a panelled gallery on 3 sides, original
box pews, a fine carved 3 decker pulpit (reputed to be carved by Grinling
Gibbons), and a brass chandelier.

Listing NGR: TM1618744378

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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