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Baptist Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Worcester, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.1965 / 52°11'47"N

Longitude: -2.2203 / 2°13'13"W

OS Eastings: 385037

OS Northings: 255386

OS Grid: SO850553

Mapcode National: GBR 1G4.9GN

Mapcode Global: VH92T.G1KZ

Plus Code: 9C4V5QWH+JV

Entry Name: Baptist Church

Listing Date: 18 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390142

English Heritage Legacy ID: 489112

Location: Arboretum, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1

County: Worcestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Arboretum

Built-Up Area: Worcester

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Worcester St George with St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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620-1/13/503 (East side)
18/08/99 Baptist Church


Baptist Church. Dated 1863; with later additions and alterations.
Built by Pritchett and Son of Darlington. Coursed sandstone with
sandstone ashlar quoins and architraves, ashlar spire, slate
PLAN AND EXTERIOR: 5-bay nave with galleried transepts and
single-bay chancel and organ galleries above vestries, 2-stage
south-west tower over porch. Off-set buttresses to east and west
ends. Entrances to west end: double glazed doors in
pointed-arched surround; to aisles at either side are pointed
plank doors with single cusped light over; quatrefoil in gable.
5-light west window with Decorated-type tracery. Aisles have
mainly 2-cusped-light windows with quatrefoils to heads and
transoms. Transepts have two single-light windows to lower stage
and 4-light windows to upper stage. The east end has two single
lights and rose window to apex. Tower has battered sides to lower
stage and quatrefoil window; and pair of belfry openings with
Decorated-type tracery to each side of upper stage. Octagonal
spire with bands of ornament.
All openings have double-chamfered surrounds with hoodmoulds and
arch over of alternate dressed and undressed voussoirs;
hoodmoulds to west end have face stops.
INTERIOR: aisles have slender cast-iron pilasters with foliate
caps and pointed-arched timber arcade. Central pulpit to east
end. Organ loft to east and galleries to west and to transepts
have blind arcades to balustrades. Roof is ribbed and panelled.
HISTORICAL NOTE: to the east end a foundation stone bears the
nscription: 'This stone was laid by Mrs E B Evans of Whitbourne
Hall July 28 1863'.
A fine example of a robust Gothic Revival exterior in the context
of a nonconformist church design of the C19, with an unusually
well-designed interior which in its planning is otherwise
conventional for its type and period. (Littlebury: Directory for
the County of Worcester: 1873-; Buildings of England: Pevsner N:
Worcestershire: Harmondsworth: 1968-1985: 322; Royal Commission
on the Historical Monuments of England: Nonconformist Chapels &
Meeting Houses(Hfds., Worcs. & Warwicks.: 1986-: 256).

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