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Former Meeting House to Rear of Harvey's Hospital

A Grade II Listed Building in Chard, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.873 / 50°52'22"N

Longitude: -2.9678 / 2°58'3"W

OS Eastings: 332002

OS Northings: 108610

OS Grid: ST320086

Mapcode National: GBR M6.TCY6

Mapcode Global: FRA 46NS.RM5

Plus Code: 9C2VV2FJ+5W

Entry Name: Former Meeting House to Rear of Harvey's Hospital

Listing Date: 13 December 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1205947

English Heritage Legacy ID: 374150

Location: Chard Town, South Somerset, Somerset, TA20

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Chard Town

Built-Up Area: Chard

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Chard St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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756-1/4/121 HIGH STREET
(North side)

Former Meeting House at Harvey's Hospital, constructed in 1904.
MATERIALS: Stretcher bond cream brick; gabled slate roof with glazed clerestory and moulded kneelers to shaped gables; brick end stack with moulded stone coping. PLAN: One room plan, and single storey.
EXTERIOR: The east elevation has a label mould over a segmental arch with sunk spandrels and engaged shafts to the panelled double doors. There is a four-light Tudor-arched transomed window to the south gable wall which has a label mould over.
INTERIOR: Retains a glazed ceramic fireplace with mantelshelf.

HISTORY: An almshouse known as Harvey's Hospital was established in Chard in 1663, founded and endowed by the will of Richard Harvey, a merchant from Exeter. who was born in Chard. By the C19 the almhouse was in a poor state of repair and was demolished and replaced by the existing buildings in 1841/2 at a cost of £1741. The detached meeting house was added to the north in 1904 to provide a common room for work and reading, and where religious services could be held.

SOURCES: Tony Prior, Harveys, The Story of an Almshouse

REASON FOR DESIGNATION: The former meeting house at Harvey's Hospital is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Its overall level of architectural quality, particularly visible in its key external features
* It has strong group value with the Grade II listed almshouse
* It contributes to the historic development of the ensemble of which it forms a part

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