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Latitude: 51.9686 / 51°58'7"N
Longitude: 0.4491 / 0°26'56"E
OS Eastings: 568337
OS Northings: 232850
OS Grid: TL683328
Mapcode National: GBR PGM.DCT
Mapcode Global: VHJHW.QSS6
Plus Code: 9F32XC9X+FJ
Entry Name: Former Finchingfield Congregational Church
Listing Date: 17 May 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1338171
English Heritage Legacy ID: 115152
Location: Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7
Civil Parish: Finchingfield
Built-Up Area: Finchingfield
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Finchingfield St John Baptist
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
Tagged with: Church building
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 30/04/2018
Former Finchingfield Congregational Church
(Formerly listed as Finchingfield Congregational Church, BRENT HALL ROAD)
Former congregational church. Late C18, altered in early C19. Red and blue brick in Flemish bond, partly stuccoed, with slate roof. Rectangular plan with entrance at gable end facing south. Facade extended to each side to conceal stair turrets to gallery. Early C20 single-storey flat-roofed extensions to front, each side of entrance.
Two storeys. Ground floor, four C20 casements. First floor, three original sashes of 15 lights with rounded heads. Pediment with oval plaque containing six-pointed star. Low-pitched roof. Central recessed porch with doors to each side and Tuscan portico. Two C20 doors. The ground floor extension has a moulded cornice. Upper part of facade stuccoed and painted, ground floor extension cement rendered, sides and back of brickwork. The interior a horseshoe gallery on cast iron stanchions with panelled front, and upper galleries on each side on profiled brackets, with cast iron railings incorporating anthemion designs. Internal stairs to upper galleries.
The church was built in 1779. It was enlarged and the first gallery built during the ministry of the Reverend John Blackburn, 1815-23, and the upper gallery was added during the ministry of the Reverend Baxter, 1824-33.
(An Historical Sketch of the Congregational Church at Finchingfield, Essex, 1955, unsigned).
Listing NGR: TL6833732850
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