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Mount Pleasant United Reformed Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontypool, Torfaen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7005 / 51°42'1"N

Longitude: -3.0387 / 3°2'19"W

OS Eastings: 328315

OS Northings: 200702

OS Grid: SO283007

Mapcode National: GBR J4.40CC

Mapcode Global: VH79S.8JY8

Entry Name: Mount Pleasant United Reformed Church

Listing Date: 28 August 1997

Last Amended: 28 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18827

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: At the south-east end of Pontypool town centre.

County: Torfaen

Town: Pontypool

Community: Pontymoile (Llanfihangel Pont-y-moel)

Community: Pontymoile

Locality: Pontypool

Built-Up Area: Pontypool

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

It was agreed that the new church was required in 1901, the foundation stone (not found) is recorded as having been laid in 1904, and the church was consecrated 16/03/1905.

Exterior

An Edwardian church in a mixed style aligned north-east/south-west with the entrance at the north-east, and built of grey rock faced limestone with freestone dressings and Welsh slate roofs. A large church with gable to street and with nave, aisles, choir, lobby and north-east tower. Entrance front has double plank doors with arched head and small flanking windows with pointed heads and dripmoulds. Above the doorway is a large four light Geometric window with three quatrefoils in the head, gable cross above. Cill band which runs also round the tower which stands forward. This has three stages with a pointed arch two light window on the ground stage, a small two light window with square head and cusped lights on the first stage and a tall pointed belfry louvre in the second stage, above this are battlements and corner pinnacles. The other faces of the tower are blind except for the belfry louvres which are on each face. Each long wall of the church has 5 two light windows with trefoil heads in the aisles, and in the clerestorey above. Projecting stair turret to the south-east corner which has a single light window facing the street and a two light one facing south above. Four light window over the altar similar to that on the entrance front.

Interior

The interior has a five bay nave arcade with octagonal piers and sharply pointed arches. Tall hammerbeam roof which is ceiled with longitudinal boarding at collar level. Tall three centred cancel arch with hoodmould with carved stops. There is a west gallery with a panelled front and a lobby screen below, and all pews and fittings survive unaltered. All these are in Canadian oak. The Gothic style pulpit looks older than the rest of the fittings and may be reused. Chancel roof also ceiled and the east window has coloured glass commemmorating the benefacting family. Good organ by Vowles of London.

Reasons for Listing

An unaltered turn of the century nonconformist church which also plays a very important townscape role at the south end of Pontypool town centre.

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