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The Old Chapel and the Old Schoolroom with Gates and Piers

A Grade II Listed Building in Modbury, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3479 / 50°20'52"N

Longitude: -3.8869 / 3°53'12"W

OS Eastings: 265847

OS Northings: 51477

OS Grid: SX658514

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.7H9S

Mapcode Global: FRA 28R3.TT1

Plus Code: 9C2R84X7+56

Entry Name: The Old Chapel and the Old Schoolroom with Gates and Piers

Listing Date: 25 January 1990

Last Amended: 4 November 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1147038

English Heritage Legacy ID: 99745

Location: Modbury, South Hams, Devon, PL21

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Modbury

Built-Up Area: Modbury

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Modbury St George

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


1307/7/150 NEW ROAD

(Formerly listed as:

Former Methodist chapel and attached schoolroom. Chapel 1835, schoolroom 1874.

MATERIALS: The chapel is rendered and has a hipped slate roof. The schoolroom is constructed of rubble stone and has a slate roof.

EXTERIOR: Chapel: The principal elevation (north) has two large arched 25-pane sashes with radial-bar heads. To the east elevation is a wide double flush panelled doors under a panelled arched head in deep reveals below smaller, arched sash window, pilaster strips at corners. To the west elevation are two similar arched sash windows. A gabled porch with arched doorway with three-panel door and overlight. Schoolroom: The principal elevation (north) has stepped 1:2:1 arched plate glass lights, the central pair under a semi-circular moulded hood on brackets. Two pairs of similar lights to west elevation.

INTERIORS: Interiors not inspected but the chapel is believed to retain its gallery and the schoolroom is believed to retain its open hall with decorative roof trusses consisting of tie beam and collar.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: At the east end is a pair of square gabled piers to plinth and weathered moulded capping on two granite steps, containing pair of good ornamental C19 cast iron gates including ornamentation at dog-bar level, and a simple overthrow. To the front of the chapel is a low rubble wall to weathered stone coping, and a further pair of square rubble piers to the recessed porch entry.

HISTORY: According to 'An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-Houses in South-West England' and Pevsner the chapel opened in 1835. The adjacent schoolroom was opened in 1874.

SOURCES: Pevsner, N and Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Devon (2004) 571 Stell, C, An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-Houses in South-West England (1991)

The Old Chapel and The Old Schoolroom with gates and piers is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural Interest: As a good example of a pre-1840 Methodist chapel retaining its external architectural composition. The juxtaposition of the classical style chapel with the Gothic style schoolroom demonstrates the development of architectural styles within Methodism.
* Group Value: The characteristic Methodist arrangement of chapel and schoolroom and the retention of the boundary walls, piers and gates
* Interiors: Evidence of its original internal arrangements including former gallery to The Old Chapel and open hall and decorative roof trusses to The Old Schoolroom

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

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