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Lowertown Institute and Pavement with Gateway at the Front

A Grade II Listed Building in Helston, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.117 / 50°7'1"N

Longitude: -5.2761 / 5°16'33"W

OS Eastings: 165893

OS Northings: 29238

OS Grid: SW658292

Mapcode National: GBR Z0.ZP48

Mapcode Global: VH133.HBL5

Plus Code: 9C2P4P8F+QH

Entry Name: Lowertown Institute and Pavement with Gateway at the Front

Listing Date: 26 August 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1142150

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65987

Location: Sithney, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Sithney

Built-Up Area: Helston

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Sithney

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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8/307 Lowertown Institute and, pavement
- with gateway at the front


Probably former nonconformist chapel including pavement and gate at the front built
in 2 phases and later converted for use as a village institute. Circa mid-C19 and
circa late C19. The original part is painted rubble with dressed granite quoins,
jambstones and lintels and brick arches; slurried scantle slate roof, half-hipped on
the right and with a brick chimney over the right-hand end. The later part, left, is
killas rubble with regular dressed granite quoins, sills, jambstones and lintels;
slurried scantle slate roof with gable ends. Cast-iron ogee gutters to both parts.
Plan: 2 rectangular rooms, the original circa mid-Cl9 (probably chapel) right, and
the circa late-C19 slightly deeper and taller part, left, projecting farther at the
front. The left hand -room has galleried seating (sloping from floor level) at the
left and a stage on the right with an organ bay right contrived by using part of the
original chapel.
Single storey. Overall 4 window front comprising 2 symmetrical 2 window fronts each
with a central doorway, the left hand front built slightly forward from the original
front, right. The original front has its original tall 18-pane hornless sashes and
over the doorway, is a 9-pane fixed overlight to resemble the upper sashes. Ledged
door. The openings are spanned by shallow brick arches. At the rear towards the
right are two 12-pane sashes. The later front, left, has segmental granite
monolithic arches over the openings. Ledged door and original tall 8-pane horned
sashes. At the middle of the left hand end are a pair of round-headed windows with
marginal panes within a large round-headed opening.
Interior : in the left hand room there is the original plaster ceiling with a moulded
cornice, ornate central rose and 4 smaller roses. The pitch-pine seating is also
original. Possibly at the right hand side (ritual east) there was originally a
rostrum with a pulpit (now a simple stage).
Raised wall at the front with square-on-plan granite monolithic posts, granite
copings over a low wall and cast-iron gates with fleur-de-lys finials.

Listing NGR: SW6589329238

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