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United Reformed Church, Swanage

Description: United Reformed Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 108192

OS Grid Reference: SZ0274578711
OS Grid Coordinates: 402745, 78711
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6081, -1.9626

Location: 137 High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2LN

Locality: Swanage
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH19 2LN

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Listing Text

(north side)
United Reformed Church
(formerly listed as
Congregational Chapel)
SZ 0278 5/66 26.6.52

Original building of 1837. Designed by "Mr George Gollop of Poole" (RCHM). Large
extension to east built 1901-2, designed by Tom Stevens of Bournemouth (Pevsner).
The original building is of Purbeck Stone rubble, with a central projecting section
in ashlar. Roof concealed behind parapet. The projecting centre section has 2 doors
on the ground floor, with semi-circular heads. These are carved with the dates -
Built 1705, and Rebuilt 1837, respectively. First floor has a semi-circular headed
window. The side sections have double-hung sash windows on the ground and first
floors. Internally, this building retains its panelled gallery round 3 sides - carried
on cast iron columns. It is now used as a Hall. The Pulpit from this building has
been re-used in the newer extension - see below. At the rear of the original Church,
at a lower level, is the old Schoolroom. - believed to be one of the earliest day
schools in Swanage. Simple panelling to the walls. The later building is of Purbeck
Stone, and is in a Gothic Revival style. The main south front, facing High Street,
has the centre "nave" section projecting beyond the "aisles", which end in single-
storey porches with parapets. The centre section has a 4-light square-headed traceried
window on the ground floor, and above this a large Perpendicular style window. The
building is set back in a forecourt with stone paving, which has a Purbeck Stone
boundary wall with stone gate piers and iron gates. A prominent building in the
High Street. RCHM Monument 3.

Listing NGR: SZ0274578711

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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