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United Reformed Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3115 / 53°18'41"N

Longitude: -3.7411 / 3°44'28"W

OS Eastings: 284094

OS Northings: 380813

OS Grid: SH840808

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z94.VM

Mapcode Global: WH655.H1R4

Entry Name: United Reformed Church

Listing Date: 9 September 1994

Last Amended: 9 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14825

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: On the corner with Abbey Road.

County: Conwy

Community: Rhos-on-Sea (Llandrillo-yn-Rhos)

Community: Rhos-on-Sea

Locality: Rhos on Sea

Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Built in 1929, as a Congregational Church, and designed by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope, architects, of Bolton.

Exterior

Rusticated local limestone and roughcast render; concrete tiled roof. Conventional cruciform plan with tower at north end, nave with lean-to aisles and transepts. Hall at S end reads externally like a chancel, with a lower roof-line on the same axis. Flat roofed block in the angle of the hall and E transept. In detail, the building is a highly original interpretation, owing as much to Art Nouveau as to Gothic. North tower is set within the main roofline: a saddleback tower with subsidiary hipped bays projecting to E and W. These are clasped by buttresses which form the copings of their roofs. Tall arched triple windows in N wall, with unmoulded tracery of crossed arcs. The low aisles are divided by pilaster buttresses, with triple flat headed windows in each bay. Chamfered 4-centred archway in very shallow gabled porch towards N. Clerestory has circular windows in octagonal architraves, with diagonal unmoulded interwoven tracery. Transept windows are flat headed with shallow relieving arches over: 3 lights, with unmoulded tracery of crossed arcs in each light. Paired flat-headed windows with similar tracery set high up in bay to S of crossing. Hall beyond has paired windows forming a band in its S wall, with a circular window in the gable apex.

Interior

Rusticated stone dressings and exposed brickwork. Plain roughly chamfered arch to tower bay to N; very low lean-to aisles, with a squat arcade, of slightly pointed segmental arches carried on heavy, roughly chamfered squared piers. Bold curved principal and collar trusses to roof. High and wide transepts, also with pointed segmental arches, and a similar arch S of the crossing. Steeper arch to organ recess in centre of S wall. Stone dado with chevron moulding as frieze distinguishes S bay. Pale oak dais and pews at S end, the main dais curved in plan, with canted pulpit at the centre. Stylised traceried panels to dais riser, and to pulpit, which also has a beaten metalwork lectern. Curved pews behind Organ by Conacher of Huddersfield.

Reasons for Listing

A striking and original design, bold in detail, and particularly dramatic in its internal planning.

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