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Latitude: 51.0176 / 51°1'3"N
Longitude: -4.2088 / 4°12'31"W
OS Eastings: 245164
OS Northings: 126574
OS Grid: SS451265
Mapcode National: GBR KJ.J3LK
Mapcode Global: FRA 262F.840
Plus Code: 9C3Q2Q9R+3F
Entry Name: Methodist Church Including Schoolrooms and Hall
Listing Date: 19 April 1993
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1209480
English Heritage Legacy ID: 375851
Location: Bideford, Torridge, Devon, EX39
Civil Parish: Bideford
Built-Up Area: Bideford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Bideford St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS4526 HIGH STREET
842-1/5/140 (South side)
Methodist Church including
schoolrooms and hall
Methodist church. 1912-13. By W Beddoes Rees of Cardiff. Front
of rough-faced, grey and brown coursed Welsh stone rubble with
dressings of limestone (probably Bath stone). Side and rear
walls rendered; dressings of limestone and cream brick. Slate
roofs with pierced red crested ridge-tiles. Cream-brick
chimneys at rear.
Church oblong in plan with galleries on north, east and west
sides. Schoolrooms behind, and then the hall, lying at
right-angles to the church. Arts and Crafts Gothic style.
Front consists of a gabled centrepiece flanked by octagonal
buttresses, these rising almost level with the apex of the
gable. Lower battlemented wings at either side with
steeply-pitched hipped roofs facing sideways. Centre has
moulded doorway with pointed arch; double plank doors with
ornate iron handles and strap-hinges. Flanking the doorhead a
band of limestone panels with pointed, cinquefoiled arches,
the second panel from each end glazed.
In the upper stage a large, traceried 7-light window with
pointed arch; mullions flanking the 3 centre lights are
developed into buttresses which cut through the hood-mould and
turn into 6-sided shafts; these then rise above the roof-line
and are finished with capitals and scroll-buttressed finials.
In the centre of the gable is a niche with cusped ogee arch;
above it on the point of the gable is a large foliated finial;
the octagonal buttresses at either side are banded with
limestone, having limestone tops with trefoil-headed panels
and ogee caps with ball-finials.
The wings have plain, tapered ashlar diagonal buttresses:
doorways and doors similar to those in the centre; in the
upper stage bands of traceried windows, 5 lights at the front,
3 at the sides.
Across the base of the front a series of memorial plaques in
blue Forest of Dean stone.
Side-walls of church have cream-brick buttresses; 2 rows of
2-light limestone windows with blind trefoiled arches to the
lights. Windows at both front and sides have patterned
coloured glass. Windows of schoolrooms and hall are mostly
plain with cream-brick surrounds. West gable-wall of hall
(visible from Providence Row) has doorway and door similar to
those at front of church. Stone window above with pointed
arch; 2 mullions and patterned coloured glass. Mock
timber-framing in apex of gable. Plain bargeboards.
INTERIOR: very well-preserved. Galleries on cast-iron columns
with moulded caps; bowed, patterned cast-iron fronts. From the
side-galleries rise further columns with foliated caps, these
supporting 4-centred arches carrying the main roof. Ceiling
barrel-vaulted with panelling on both ribs and spaces in
between. Apse has piers with moulded imposts from which
springs a 4-centred arch, the piers with traceried Gothic
panels. Elaborate Gothic and Georgian-style wooden rostrum.
Screen to vestibule and several doors half-glazed with
patterned coloured glass. Schoolrooms not inspected in detail,
but they include 2 staircases with turned balusters.
The memorial stones were laid on 26 June 1912 and the church
was opened on 2 July 191
(Bideford Weekly Gazette: 1912-1913: 2.7.1912; 10.12.1912).
Listing NGR: SS4516426574
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