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Latitude: 53.7498 / 53°44'59"N
Longitude: -2.0201 / 2°1'12"W
OS Eastings: 398771
OS Northings: 428160
OS Grid: SD987281
Mapcode National: GBR GTB2.GJ
Mapcode Global: WHB8D.Y06N
Entry Name: Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Listing Date: 1 November 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1226441
English Heritage Legacy ID: 423735
Location: Heptonstall, Calderdale, HX7
Civil Parish: Heptonstall
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Heptonstall St Thomas a Becket and St Thomas the Apostle
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
SD 9828SE HEPTONSTALL C.P. NORTHGATE (east side)
9/109 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Chapel, c.1764 to design recommended by John Wesley who laid the foundation
stone, extended 1802. Watershot masonry, ashlar dressings, slate roof. 2
storeys. Irregular octagon originally built as symmetrical octagon. Chamfered
plinth, rusticated quoins, band. Central doorway, now partly blocked to form a
window with stained glass, has tall monolithic jambs, semi-circular arched head
with moulded impost and triple keystone. Angled faces to either side have tall
doorway with monolithic jambs and square fanlight. 1st floor has windows with
plain stone surrounds and projecting sills with coloured glass margin panes.
Longer sides have 2 similar windows to each floor. Tripartite hipped roof
believed to be constructed by the same carpenter who had made the Rotherham
Interior: Gallery with canted ends carried on stone Tuscan columns:entablature
has plaster cast of laurel leaves. Some box pews to main body, raked seating to
gallery. Minister's tall pulpit with en-suite altar rails and small organ behind,
all contemporary with early C19 alteration. Octagonal plaster boss to ceiling.
Some stained glass windows. Copper plaque (on outside) inscribed:
" HEPTONSTALL METHODIST CHAPEL
THE OLDEST METHODIST CHAPEL
IN THE WORLD IN CONTINUOUS USE.
THE SOCIETY WAS FOUNDED BY
WILLIAM DARNEY ABOUT 1742
THE REV. JOHN WESLEY PREACHED AT
HEPTONSTALL FOR THE LAST TIME IN 1786"
Illustrated in K. Parry, Trans-Pennine Heritage (1981) p.66; D. Linstrum,
West Yorkshire, Architects and Architecture, (1978) p.197.
Listing NGR: SD9877128160
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