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Latitude: 51.8909 / 51°53'27"N
Longitude: -2.0809 / 2°4'51"W
OS Eastings: 394532
OS Northings: 221372
OS Grid: SO945213
Mapcode National: GBR 2MB.GQ2
Mapcode Global: VH947.WQ9T
Entry Name: Bethesda Methodist Church
Listing Date: 14 December 1983
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104293
English Heritage Legacy ID: 474660
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Electoral Ward/Division: Park
Built-Up Area: Cheltenham
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Leckhampton St Philip and St James
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO9421SE GREAT NORWOOD STREET
630-1/23/351 (East side)
14/12/83 Bethesda Methodist Church
Methodist Church. 1845-6, (dated 1846) at a cost of »1,390,
enlarged 1867. Pinkish-brown brick with ashlar front and slate
roof. Plinth. Picturesque Early Gothic style.
EXTERIOR: gabled front of 3 bays with stepped clasping
buttress with pinnacles to ends, off-set pilaster buttresses.
Coped verge with finial at apex. Windows with outer
roll-moulding and inner chamfer and with hoodmoulds; tall
lancet windows in shallow recesses to outer bays, triple
lancets in shallow recess over central pointed doorway, plank
doors in surround with 3 orders of pilaster and roll moulding
to head. Returns have 4 windows in 2 levels, lower windows are
shallow-arched, pointed to upper level, with stepped
INTERIOR: retains original features including entrance lobby
with 3 pointed-arched openings. Within a balcony to 3 sides on
pilasters with solid balustrade with Gothic arcade (2 sides in
process of removal at time of Review). To east end a
pointed-arched shallow recess.
HISTORICAL NOTE: in contrast to the surrounding development of
neo-Classical terraces, this is a good example of the
"incorrect Gothic" characteristic of many earlier C19
nonconformist chapels in this style.
(Sampson A and Blake S: A Cheltenham Companion: Cheltenham:
1993-: 13,15; RCHME: Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-Houses:
Gloucestershire: London: 1986-: 77-8; Blake S: Cheltenham's
Churches and Chapels AD 773-1883: Cheltenham: 1979-: 26).
Listing NGR: SO9452921366
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