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Former Salvation Army Citadel, Dorchester

Description: Former Salvation Army Citadel

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 May 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 104251

OS Grid Reference: SY6954890680
OS Grid Coordinates: 369548, 90680
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7150, -2.4327

Location: 4 Salisbury Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1BW

Locality: Dorchester
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT1 1BW

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Listing Text

738/7/167 DURNGATE STREET
08-MAY-75 (South side)
FORMER SALVATION ARMY CITADEL

(Formerly listed as:
DUMGATE STREET
SALVATION ARMY CITADLE)

II
Former chapel of 1875 with late C19/early C20 additions, including a probable Sunday School built in a similar style.

MATERIALS:
It is constructed of brown brick with ashlar dressings under pitched roofs of slate.

PLAN:
It is roughly square in plan, comprising the former chapel on a corner plot, with ancillary rooms in a two-storey wing with basement to the rear, and an attached west range, probably a Sunday School.

EXTERIOR:
It has a two-gabled main entrance front (north). The left-hand gable has four buttresses, with pinnacles to the outer ones. The entrance is flanked by cusped single lancets with Early English tracery to the central window above and a spherical triangle in gable end. The entrance itself has a pointed-arched door with flanking colonettes (crocket capitals) taking a single roll moulding. The right-hand gable (former Sunday School) has similar windows but they are positioned adjacent to each other and are separated by very slender buttresses which rise from the entrance porch. The porch itself has diagonal buttresses and a similar door to that in the chapel entrance. The east elevation to Salisbury Street is more modest in appearance than the front. The bays are defined by buttresses and each contains a simple, square-headed window with ashlar surround and brick relieving arch. The right-hand window dates from the second half of the C20; the others are boarded over. The addition to the rear has a large window of four-lights with cusped heads.

INTERIOR:
Not inspected (2010). Altered, but understood to comprise two single-storey halls with arch-braced roof trusses carried on corbels to the former chapel. The windows to what was previously the external, west wall of the chapel remain visible, but the openings have been blocked, probably when the building was extended westwards.

HISTORY:
Durngate Street lies at the centre of the town of Dorchester and is shown as being almost completely built up on both sides in Hutchins's map of 1771; though the street also contains later buildings. The Primitive Methodist Chapel at the east end of the Durngate Street was extended prior to 1902 when service rooms were added to the rear. The building was further extended sometime between 1902 and 1929 when a hall, possibly a Sunday School, was added on the west side of the chapel. The building remained in use as a Methodist Chapel until the mid-C20; more recently it was used by the Salvation Army.

SOURCES:
Database of Roman Purbeck limestone: tessellated paving
http://www.palmyra.uklinux.net/pur-paving.html Accessed on 7th May 2010

REASON FOR DESIGNATION:
This former Methodist Chapel on Durngate Street is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architecture: a good example of a late C19 Methodist Church with a well-proportioned principal elevation

* Interior: a former Methodist Chapel that retains evidence for its historic internal arrangement

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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