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Latitude: 54.9041 / 54°54'14"N
Longitude: -1.3764 / 1°22'35"W
OS Eastings: 440084
OS Northings: 556778
OS Grid: NZ400567
Mapcode National: GBR VDJ.41
Mapcode Global: WHD55.TZRT
Plus Code: 9C6WWJ3F+MC
Entry Name: Bethesda Free Church
Listing Date: 10 November 1978
Last Amended: 17 October 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1207137
English Heritage Legacy ID: 391609
Location: Sunderland, SR1
Electoral Ward/Division: Hendon
Built-Up Area: Sunderland
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear
Church of England Parish: Hendon
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ4056 TATHAM STREET
920-1/14/217 (West side)
10/11/78 Bethesda Free Church
(Formerly Listed as:
Bethesda Free Chapel, now known as Bethesda Free Church.
1844-5; side galleries 1852. For AA Rees. Dated 1844 in
pediment. Garden wall bond brick (5 and one) and limestone
rubble returns, rendered rear, with ashlar sandstone plinth
and painted ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roof.
EXTERIOR: ritual west to street has 2 stories; 3 windows and
set-back sides. Pedimented centre has recessed central bay
with steps up to 6-panelled double door and 2-pane overlight
recessed under cornice on scroll brackets; renewed window
above has shallow segmental head in wedge stone lintel, and
projecting stone sill. Similar windows in flanking bays which
project slightly, all 3 bays under pediment and a bracketed
top panel with low relief BETHESDA/FREE CHAPEL filling the
centre; panel in pediment has 1844 in low relief letters.
Flanking set back section blank with prominent eaves cornice
and blocking course.
INTERIOR shows fluted iron columns, mostly now cased-in,
supporting gallery round 3 sides. Baptismal pool. Memorial to
AA Rees d.1884. Pews renewed.
Building paid for by the minister who established it, Arthur
Augustus Rees, on land bought from a local Quaker family,
(Brockie W: Memoirs of Arthur Augustus Rees(Information from
Mr. E Turner): 1884-).
Listing NGR: NZ4008456778
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