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Latitude: 54.5503 / 54°33'0"N
Longitude: -3.5827 / 3°34'57"W
OS Eastings: 297725
OS Northings: 518374
OS Grid: NX977183
Mapcode National: GBR 3HFT.4M
Mapcode Global: WH5Z1.YW3L
Entry Name: The Kirk Mission Hall, Gatepiers and Attached Boundary Wall
Listing Date: 25 January 1993
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1263964
English Heritage Legacy ID: 429161
Location: Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria, CA28
Civil Parish: Whitehaven
Built-Up Area: Whitehaven
Traditional County: Cumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria
Church of England Parish: Whitehaven St James
Church of England Diocese: Carlisle
The following building shall be added:-
WHITEHAVEN HIGH STREET
NX 9718 SE
(north east side)
637-/5/10000 The Kirk Mission Hall, Gatepiers
and attached Boundary Wall
Non conformist church, now redundant. Mid C18, with C19 and C20
alterations. Rubble sandstone, brought to courses, with ashlar
dressings, and roughcast rendered in part, or wholly in all
elevations. Welsh-slated roof, with stone copings to south-west
gable. South-west elevation; two storeys, four bays, the two centre
bays unfloored, the south east bay with the kirk gallery. Tall semi-
circular arch headed window openings to centre bays, with unmoulded
imposts and keyblocks, and projecting cills. North-east bay with
ground-floor doorway and rectangular overlight, below a rectangular
first-floor window opening. All openings are set within plain ashlar
surrounds, and are blocked by temporary shuttering. Window frames,
visible from interior were apparently sashes with margin glazing.
South-east end bay with stacked rectangular windows. South-west gable
with double doorways to each side, with 3 panels to each door.
Rectangular gallery window to gable apex, now blocked, with flat-
topped bellcote above, with single pointed arch-headed bell opening.
Interior much altered, but with vestibule wall, single doorways to
meeting room, and gallery with two tapered octagonal column supports.
Gallery front with cornice and top rail above field rectangular
panels, and frieze with alternate Greek Key and triglyph decoration
below a lower cornice. Glazed moveable screen made up of 6-pane
lights set above. Some late C20 temporary partitioning below. North-
west end with C19 partitioning, and a tiered platform with two
parallel flights of steps flanking a winged reading desk, with
rectangular fielded panels except those to the three facets of the
pulpit with curved heads to the upper panels. C18 rectangular
panelling to right-hand side and to rear wall of tiered platform.
Painted band to wall head with inscription in Lombardic script. The
Kirk was originally the church of Whitehaven's Scots Presbyterians
before becoming a methodist house in the late C19. The building is
identified as 'High Meeting' in J. Howards survey of Whitehaven of
1790. Plain gatepiers, square on plan, with oversailing caps, and
rubble stone boundary wall, with saddleback coping, which encloses
burial ground to south east of Kirk.
Listing NGR: NX9772518374
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