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Balwest Methodist Church, Adjoining Courtyard Walls and Gate Piers

A Grade II Listed Building in Germoe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.121 / 50°7'15"N

Longitude: -5.3644 / 5°21'51"W

OS Eastings: 159603

OS Northings: 29964

OS Grid: SW596299

Mapcode National: GBR FX4C.7MK

Mapcode Global: VH131.Y7X3

Plus Code: 9C2P4JCP+96

Entry Name: Balwest Methodist Church, Adjoining Courtyard Walls and Gate Piers

Listing Date: 26 August 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1142195

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65890

Location: Germoe, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Germoe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Germoe

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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6/207 Balwest Methodist Church,
adjoining courtyard walls and gate

Methodist chapel. 1829. Slurried granite rubble with dressed granite quoins,
jambstones, sills, voussoirs, lintels, pediment string and gable copings. Low-
pitched grouted scantle slate roof with coped gable ends, the entrance front gable in
the form of a simple triangular pediment. Cast iron ogee gutters.
Plan: rectangular aisless plan with semi-circular-on-plan gallery on 3 sides, the
ritual east end, west, and the entrance front facing approximately east. Later
single storey room at the west end.
Symmetrical 2 window east entrance front: round-headed central ground floor doorway,
2 original round-headed hornless sashes to light gallery above and all surmounted by
a simple triangular pediment with central blind oculus (presumably for former date
plaque). The doorway has double doors and fanlight, the windows have integral.
fanlights. The round-headed arches have projecting granite keystones.
The sides are 2-storey 2-window elevations with circa late C19 or C20 4-pane horned
sashes in the original openings.
Interior : is largely complete. The gallery has been reduced so that it now reaches
only half way long each side but original panelling has been used to return the now
canted ends. The gallery is now carried on 5 of the original Doric columns. There
is a complex moulded cornice under the gallery front and the front has bead-mouldings
with scalloped corners to the rectangular panels. At the east end of the chapel, and
in the gallery over, the original box pews survive. The fine rostrum has a canted
pulpit and a short flight of stairs at either side. There are 2 memorial windows
with coloured glass in the west wall.
This building is a good example of an early C19 Methodist chapel, restrained
classical style with detail more domestic than ecclesiastical.
Sources : 150th Church Anniversary leaflet.
Nonconformist Chapels (manuscript) by Christopher Stell, R.C.H.M., to be
published by HMSO.

Listing NGR: SW5960329964

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