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Baptist Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Barnstaple, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0828 / 51°4'57"N

Longitude: -4.0604 / 4°3'37"W

OS Eastings: 255780

OS Northings: 133513

OS Grid: SS557335

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.D55W

Mapcode Global: FRA 26C8.CXM

Plus Code: 9C3Q3WMQ+4V

Entry Name: Baptist Chapel

Listing Date: 31 August 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385069

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485530

Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Barnstaple

Built-Up Area: Barnstaple

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Barnstaple St Peter and St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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684-1/6/73 (West side)
31/08/88 Baptist Chapel


Baptist chapel. 1860. By RD Gould; C20 addition at rear.
Squared stone rubble with dressings of limestone; brick
relieving arches, painted white, to windows. Left gable wall
slate-hung. Slated roofs; stair turret at left-hand has a
small rendered chimney to left of front wall.
Plan consists of a large oblong room with galleries along rear
and side walls; rear gallery and space below now partitioned
off. At left-hand end an entrance lobby with stair turret to
left of it.
7-window range with 2 tiers of round-arched openings. All have
moulded archivolts terminating on small carved brackets, being
linked at cill level and springing level of the arches by
bands of limestone. Doorway in each end opening has 8-panelled
door, the 2 lowest panels flush; fanlight with radial glazing
bars. The other openings contain small-paned windows, 16 panes
in lower tier, 20 panes above, all with radial bars in the
window-head. A lot of old glass survives, especially in the
upper tiers. Small panels carved with 4-leaved flowers between
heads of openings in lower tier. Bracketed stone eaves
The stair turret to left has a lower eaves level and contains
a small round-arched window in each of its 2 storeys; plain
chamfered surrounds, 8-pane fixed sashes, the top 2 panes
shaped to fit the head of the window.
INTERIOR: 1988 list description describes original galleries
as surviving, carried on cast-iron columns of quatrefoil
section with patterned, open-work brackets at the top. Gallery
fronts (possibly later) had deal panelling with ornate iron
rails above. Galleries re-seated in 1896. At south end, choir
loft had similar panelled front; at the rear of it an organ of
1884 with painted pipes. In front of and below it an elaborate
pulpit of 1933 with carved Gothic detail. 2 large, decorated
chandelier bosses on the ceiling.
Adjoining the chapel on the right-hand side are, successively,
the hall and schoolrooms (qv) and the former Minister's
residence, May House (qv).
(Gardiner WF: Barnstaple, 1837-97: Barnstaple: 1897-: 101;

Listing NGR: SS5578033513

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