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United Reform Church and Attached Wall and Railings to North East

A Grade II* Listed Building in Poole Town, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

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Latitude: 50.7136 / 50°42'49"N

Longitude: -1.9837 / 1°59'1"W

OS Eastings: 401247

OS Northings: 90444

OS Grid: SZ012904

Mapcode National: GBR XQX.0F

Mapcode Global: FRA 67Q6.510

Plus Code: 9C2WP278+FG

Entry Name: United Reform Church and Attached Wall and Railings to North East

Listing Date: 14 June 1954

Last Amended: 13 September 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1275356

English Heritage Legacy ID: 412600

ID on this website: 101275356

Location: Old Town, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Dorset, BH15

County: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Poole

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Poole St James with St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Tagged with: Protestant church building

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958-1/18/148 (North East side)
14/06/54 United Reform Church and attached
wall and railings to north-east
(Formerly Listed as:
United Reform Church)


Chapel. c1777, vestry added to N 1814, extended one bay to E
1823, gallery and roof altered 1886, interior altered and
reseated 1880. English bond brickwork with slate-hung S side,
and half-hipped slate roof. Rectangular plan.
2 storeys and attic; 5-window range. A symmetrical front has a
wide gable with coved corners and shallow elliptical-arched
central section, with 2 sharp obelisk finials. 1823 timber
hexastyle portico with Tuscan columns, entablature and central
pediment, cartouche above dated 1777, and recessed 2-leaf
doorway and fanlight. Semicircular-arched ground-floor and
2-centre-arched first-floor windows with keys and imposts,
with 3 blind round-arched windows in the gable. Y-tracery
timber mullions to windows with glazing bars. Similar
fenestration to 4-window side ranges.
INTERIOR: altered and refitted early C19. Reported to contain
a continuous gallery on timber quatrefoil columns with moulded
capitals and stone bases to elliptical arches, and carrying
the king post roof; 6-bay arcade, the gallery extended inwards
and supported on cast-iron columns 1823, with a panelled
FITTINGS: include an early C19 clock, late C17 chair with
turned sides, and 1823 pews around gallery front.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached brick wall and capped piers,
formerly with urn finials, with good cast-iron piers with
bronze finish, gates and railings. Railings extend approx 30m
to NE, and formerly extended the same distance to the W.
Although internally remodelled in the early C19, the C19
fittings are of high architectural quality and the exterior
survives as one of the finest C18 nonconformist town chapels
in England, manifesting the C18 prosperity of Poole.
(RCHME: County of Dorset (South East): London: 1970-: 201;
Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Newman J: Dorset: London:
1972-: 319; Stell C: An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and
Meeting Houses in SW E: London: 1991-: 124).

Listing NGR: SZ0124790444

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