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United Reformed Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Swanage, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6081 / 50°36'29"N

Longitude: -1.9626 / 1°57'45"W

OS Eastings: 402745

OS Northings: 78711

OS Grid: SZ027787

Mapcode National: GBR 459.W2M

Mapcode Global: FRA 67SG.F81

Plus Code: 9C2WJ25P+6X

Entry Name: United Reformed Church

Listing Date: 26 June 1952

Last Amended: 21 March 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1119896

English Heritage Legacy ID: 108192

Location: Swanage, Dorset, BH19

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Swanage

Built-Up Area: Swanage

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Swanage St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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(north side)
United Reformed Church
(formerly listed as
Congregational Chapel)
SZ 0278 5/66 26.6.52

Original building of 1837. Designed by "Mr George Gollop of Poole" (RCHM). Large
extension to east built 1901-2, designed by Tom Stevens of Bournemouth (Pevsner).
The original building is of Purbeck Stone rubble, with a central projecting section
in ashlar. Roof concealed behind parapet. The projecting centre section has 2 doors
on the ground floor, with semi-circular heads. These are carved with the dates -
Built 1705, and Rebuilt 1837, respectively. First floor has a semi-circular headed
window. The side sections have double-hung sash windows on the ground and first
floors. Internally, this building retains its panelled gallery round 3 sides - carried
on cast iron columns. It is now used as a Hall. The Pulpit from this building has
been re-used in the newer extension - see below. At the rear of the original Church,
at a lower level, is the old Schoolroom. - believed to be one of the earliest day
schools in Swanage. Simple panelling to the walls. The later building is of Purbeck
Stone, and is in a Gothic Revival style. The main south front, facing High Street,
has the centre "nave" section projecting beyond the "aisles", which end in single-
storey porches with parapets. The centre section has a 4-light square-headed traceried
window on the ground floor, and above this a large Perpendicular style window. The
building is set back in a forecourt with stone paving, which has a Purbeck Stone
boundary wall with stone gate piers and iron gates. A prominent building in the
High Street. RCHM Monument 3.

Listing NGR: SZ0274578711

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