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Baptist Church

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chard, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.872 / 50°52'19"N

Longitude: -2.9651 / 2°57'54"W

OS Eastings: 332184

OS Northings: 108499

OS Grid: ST321084

Mapcode National: GBR M7.T6MP

Mapcode Global: FRA 46PS.LNP

Plus Code: 9C2VV2CM+RW

Entry Name: Baptist Church

Listing Date: 24 March 1950

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206076

English Heritage Legacy ID: 374175

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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756-1/4/146 (East side)
24/03/50 Baptist Church


Church. Dated 1842. Ham Hill stone ashlar facade, rubblestone
and brick rear; slate roof. Single room plan with later C19
school rooms to rear. Greek Revival style.
2 storeys, symmetrical one-window range; substantial plinth
and 4 rounded steps up to 8-panel double-door set in moulded
architrave under cornice supported by consoles; above is a
large semicircular-arched window with cast-iron glazing bars,
framed by Doric pilasters and a small pediment with antefixae.
This is flanked by 2 pairs of full-height Doric pilasters
supporting a cornice and pediment which almost spans the
facade and bears the raised carved date MDCCCXLII. The ground
floor has banded rustication between plinth and a platband
above level of the door.
INTERIOR: east end has round-arched recess over
semicircular-arched cast-iron window with late C19 red and
blue glass borders above a substantial pulpit raised on 2
octagonal columns which fan out to support a curved-fronted
platform; original 1842 stairs with stick balusters and
mahogany rail; balusters to front are of late C19 cast-iron
bamboo design. 4-panel doors set in reeded architraves each
side of pulpit. East end has incised key pattern to panelling.
Gallery to other 3 sides is supported by cast-iron pillars and
has cast-iron windows above and original pews; windows below
were replaced in 1988. A very fine and complete example.
(Stell C: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses in SW
England: London: 1991-: P.171).

Listing NGR: ST3218408499

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