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Armitage United Reform Church Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Armitage, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7431 / 52°44'35"N

Longitude: -1.8863 / 1°53'10"W

OS Eastings: 407772

OS Northings: 316168

OS Grid: SK077161

Mapcode National: GBR 3BN.3WH

Mapcode Global: WHCGG.091X

Entry Name: Armitage United Reform Church Chapel

Listing Date: 16 August 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 482425

Location: Armitage with Handsacre, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS15

County: Staffordshire

District: Lichfield

Civil Parish: Armitage with Handsacre

Built-Up Area: Armitage

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Armitage St John Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text


1578/6/10009 Armitage
16-AUG-00 Armitage United Reform Church Chapel


Congregational chapel. 1820; by Thomas Birch; extended later C19. Red brick in Flemish garden wall bond with rendered dressings. Clay plain tile roof with moulded stone coping to gable ends.
PLAN: Small chapel, the auditorium with gallery over entrance at west end, vestry at east end and north 'aisle' that might have served as 'squire's pew or Sunday school; 2-storey porch at west end possibly added in 1820s or 1830s. Later C19 schoolroom in angle of east vestry and north 'aisle'.
Tudor Gothic style.
EXTERIOR: West front has gabled 2-storey porch with set-back buttresses with weathered set-offs, large moulded occulus with rose window and 4-centred arch doorway with moulded label with shield stops; stepped west gable behind porch with large diagonal buttresses with weathered set-offs. North and south sides have two large windows with labels and pointed arch frames and large buttresses. North 'aisle' has large diagonal buttress with gabled pinnacles. Small vestry at east end with pointed arch doorway with hoodmould and diagonal buttress with pinnacle. School room to NE with porch on west side with pointed arch doorway.
INTERIOR: Auditorium has vaulted plaster ceiling and two exposed cambered tie-beams with arcading above; west gallery with panelled front on slender posts and 4-centred arches. Original simple pews in gallery. Auditorium pews replaced later C19. Polygonal pulpit. Panelled double doors to vestry with 4-centred arch.
NOTE: The Armitage United Reformed Chapel was built in 1820, apparently by Thomas Birch of Armitage Lodge, who placed it in trust for the Congregationalists [now URC] in 1831, while he retained the right of burial in a private vault under the north 'aisle'.
SOURCES: Stell, C., Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting Houses in Central England [RCHME], pp.208-9.

Listing NGR: SK0777216168

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