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Former Methodist Church and Epworth Hall Adjoining to South

A Grade II Listed Building in Helston, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1003 / 50°6'1"N

Longitude: -5.2763 / 5°16'34"W

OS Eastings: 165795

OS Northings: 27391

OS Grid: SW657273

Mapcode National: GBR Z1.0WJX

Mapcode Global: VH133.HQGY

Entry Name: Former Methodist Church and Epworth Hall Adjoining to South

Listing Date: 13 July 1990

Last Amended: 9 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1293290

English Heritage Legacy ID: 385437

Location: Helston, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Helston

Built-Up Area: Helston

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Helston

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


631-1/4/91 (South side)
13/07/90 Former Methodist Church and Epworth
Hall adjoining to south
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Methodist Church including old
chapel adjoining south)


Methodist church and adjoining earlier chapel. Dated 1888,
with early C19 former chapel. Dressed grey Devon limestone
front with granite dressings and dressed granite behind with
granite dressings. Slate roof with gabled ends; half-hipped
roof and semi-conical apse roof over old chapel.
Large rectangular auditorium galleried on 4 sides, entrance
under the gallery at the liturgical west (north) end, rostrum
at opposite end behind which is the organ chamber over the
vestry. Attached at the back (south) is the early C19 chapel,
its auditorium on the first floor with an apse on the long
south side.
Classical 2-storey north front of 1:2:1 bays, centre advanced
and pedimented, moulded strings, pilastered and with urns on
the parapets, over the corners. Round-arched first-floor
windows with moulded extrados, imposts and keyblocks,
segmental ground-floor windows and large central portico with
2-bay arcade on polished pink granite columns in antis and
granite balustrade above. 2 round-headed doorways inside
portico with panelled double doors. Similar single bay plus 7
window returns, segmental arches on ground floor and
round-headed above. The old chapel behind has round-headed
ground- and first-floor sash windows and semi-circular apse on
the south side. The north front area has granite piers and
later railings.
INTERIOR: the 1888 auditorium is complete and sumptuously
decorated and furnished; panel-fronted galleries on cast-iron
columns, fine wooden rostrum and pilastered proscenium to the
organ chamber above, elaborate coffered plaster ceiling with
centre-piece; the original benches are largely complete.
Stained glass windows. Old chapel's first-floor auditorium has
shallow vaulted plaster ceiling, apse now a stage, panelled
HISTORICAL NOTE: the 1888 church seats nearly 1,000 people and
cost ยป5,000 including the site. When it was built the old
chapel became the Sunday school, but this has recently
reverted to chapel use now that the 1888 part is closed.
(Kelly's Directory: Devonshire and Cornwall: 1902-: 131).

Listing NGR: SW6579527391

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