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Newlyn Preaching Pit and Storehouse

A Grade II Listed Building in St Newlyn East, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3666 / 50°21'59"N

Longitude: -5.0608 / 5°3'38"W

OS Eastings: 182421

OS Northings: 56338

OS Grid: SW824563

Mapcode National: GBR ZD.CZSH

Mapcode Global: FRA 0892.D6N

Entry Name: Newlyn Preaching Pit and Storehouse

Listing Date: 16 November 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141454

English Heritage Legacy ID: 63972

Location: St. Newlyn East, Cornwall, TR8

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Newlyn East

Built-Up Area: St Newlyn East

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Newlyn

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text

SW 85 NW
(South side)
1/33 Newlyn Preaching Pit and

--- II

Weslyan preaching pit. Late C18 or early C19. Earth and moorstone. An
open-air theatre of 7 grades of seats formed in an excavation around a
circular orchestra, capable of holding 2000 persons. On east side a
pulpit platform of semicircular form springs from the 3rd grade. Upper
grades are supported on a Cornish hedge compensating for the fall in
ground. Entrance directly off road, through late C19 iron gates with
overthrow between incurved stone flanking walls. Within, on left, a
storeroom with furnace, rubble stone with slurried slate roof. Entrance
in west gable end, and window on south. Interior has remains of hearth
and boiler with stack on east gable. Preaching pits found favour with John
Wesley for their direct simplicity and egalitarianism after his successful
mission to Gwennap mine in 1762. Only three such pits now survive.

Listing NGR: SW8242156338

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

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