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Wesleyan Methodist Church and Attached Walls and Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Chard, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8728 / 50°52'21"N

Longitude: -2.9623 / 2°57'44"W

OS Eastings: 332386

OS Northings: 108582

OS Grid: ST323085

Mapcode National: GBR M7.T7BM

Mapcode Global: FRA 46PS.MRM

Plus Code: 9C2VV2FQ+43

Entry Name: Wesleyan Methodist Church and Attached Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 29 July 1976

Last Amended: 13 December 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1297114

English Heritage Legacy ID: 374110

Location: Chard Town, South Somerset, Somerset, TA20

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Chard Town

Built-Up Area: Chard

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Chard St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Description


CHARD

ST3308 FORE STREET
756-1/4/82 (South side)
29/07/76 Wesleyan Methodist Church and
attached walls and railings
(Formerly Listed as:
FORE STREET
(South side)
Wesleyan Methodist Church)

GV II

Church. 1895 by R Curwen. Flemish bond brick with stone bands
and Bath stone dressings; weatherboarding to clerestory;
crested slate roof.
PLAN: chapel with gable facing street to north and canted
sanctuary end; Sunday School and offices to rear. Geometrical
Gothic Revival style.
EXTERIOR: symmetrical facade is dominated by full-height
coloured glass window in Decorated style set in gable end
which has hexagonal quoins supported on corbels at
ground-floor door height. Double doors to each side in
set-forward gabled porches with pointed arches and quatrefoil
tympana; backing on to gable cross wings with 2-light
trefoiled windows with cinquefoil plate under pointed-arch
hoodmould. To rear of these, east and west elevations have
coloured leaded 3-light windows with stone mullions and
trefoil heads to aisles and similar wooden ones to clerestory.
INTERIOR: pointed arch on foliate capitals and engaged shafts
to canted apse, which has continuous wooden pointed-arched
clerestory lights with moulded capitals and bases to columns
fronting trefoil-headed lights with coloured glass. Nave has
timber arcade joists supporting shallow-arched bracing to
4-bay arcade with quatrefoil frieze surmounting similar
pointed arched clerestory, each bay having coloured glass to
three 3-light trefoil-headed windows to centre; bay adjoining
sanctuary has arcades brought forward with pointed-arched
spandrels and stone corbels. 5-bay arch-braced roof with
2-centred arches to bay flanking rebuilt gallery; aisle
lean-to roofs have corbels supporting timber knees. Coloured
glass with same Art Nouveau patterns to all windows.
FITTINGS include organ, wrought-iron sanctuary rail, fine
Gothic-style pulpit and benches with quatrefoil pierced dado
rail. To rear of chapel is entrance hall with turned baluster
staircase and schoolroom with plank dado, gallery and mock
hammer-beam roof.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: walls and railings to front.
(Pevsner N: Buildings of England: South Somerset: London:
1958-: P.118).


Listing NGR: ST3238608582

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