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Long Street Methodist Church long Street Methodist Sunday School

A Grade II* Listed Building in North Middleton, Rochdale

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Latitude: 53.5523 / 53°33'8"N

Longitude: -2.1971 / 2°11'49"W

OS Eastings: 387040

OS Northings: 406201

OS Grid: SD870062

Mapcode National: GBR FW3C.4B

Mapcode Global: WHB93.7Z14

Entry Name: Long Street Methodist Church long Street Methodist Sunday School

Listing Date: 19 September 1969

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1068504

English Heritage Legacy ID: 213450

Location: Rochdale, M24

County: Rochdale

Electoral Ward/Division: North Middleton

Built-Up Area: Middleton (Rochdale)

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Middleton St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text

SD 80 NE
(west side)
2/10 Long Street
Methodist Church
and Methodist Sunday
19/9/69 School
G.V. II*
Wesleyan (now Methodist) Chapel, Sunday school, gateway and
subsidiary buildings. 1899. By Edgar Wood. Header bond
brick, rendered in parts, with stone dressings and graduated
stone slate roof. A tightly planned group around a garden
courtyard with access to Long Street through arched gateways
on the fourth side. Free Gothic style which incorporates
Arts and Crafts as well as Art Nouveau details. To the right
of the courtyard is the church, the west end facing onto the
road with an ashlar plinth, clasping buttresses and coped
gable with kneelers and finial which rises in the manner of
a keystone from the 5-light west window. The windows have
original tracery based on Gothic precedent. Porches to left
and right the former with a transomed canted bay window. 6-
bay nave and aisles with 3-light aisle windows and paired
lancet clerestory windows. A battered buttress separates the
nave from the 3-bay chancel which has 2-light windows and a
5-light east window. Cast-iron gates in stone archways give
access to the courtyard which is surrounded by 1 and 2-
storey buildings with various coped gables, battered
buttresses, leaded casement windows, original doors and a
canted bay window which rises above eaves level. Interior:
brick-faced. Octagonal columns run straight into chamfered
nave arcade arches. Alternating hammer-beam and scissor-
braced roof trusses. The circular stone pulpit has attached
shafts, as in a Romanesque column, which support a frieze of
carved rose blooms and leaves. An angel supports the book
rest. The font is equally forceful, the bowl standing on a
tapering square plinth with a bronze figure by Stirling Lee
recessed into the front. The stalls, pews, doors with
stained glass panels and 2 Art Nouveau sanctuary chairs and
even kneelers were all designed by Wood. Sanctuary
panelling, organ, and side chapel furnishings are of later
dates. Other original features survive throughout the
building including the garden layout in the courtyard which
has nevertheless had the flower beds filled in.

Listing NGR: SD8704006201

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

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