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Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, Mortimer West End

Description: Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 April 1980
English Heritage Building ID: 138742

OS Grid Reference: SU6166164187
OS Grid Coordinates: 461661, 164187
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3734, -1.1155

Location: Chapel Lane, Reading RG7 RG7 4QE

Locality: Mortimer West End
Local Authority: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG7 4QE

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Listing Text

25.4.80 Countess of Huntingdon's

1798, and circa 1805. A notable non-denominational chapel of first date, remodelled at the later date, with re-orientation of the interior causing a change of entrance from the west to the south side. In 1826 the property was transferred to the trustees of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connection. The interior is almost a square, formed by 2 equal east-west units and a narrow north aisle, the roof being supported on 2 thick columns (under the valley of the double pitch) and 2 thinner columns (separating the aisle). There are 3 bays, with the columns linked by arch-braced tie-beams, supporting Queenposts, resulting in a flat ceiling at collar level, with sloping sides, continuing
to a lower level above the north aisle; with a dormer in the centre of each side of the southern unit. The doorway leads into a panelled lobby, giving entrance on each side to north-south passageways between the central set of bench pews and each outer set. The pulpit is in the centre of the north aisle. Tile roofing, 1/2-hipped at the west side, where the ridge masks the inner valley; plain brick fillet at the eaves; the south dormer is under an 'eyebrow'. Walling is red brickwork in Flemish bond with blue headers, a rubbed flat arch to the wide west window, cambered arches to other windows. Square leaded casements, the west of 7-lights. The south elevation is symmetrical with the dormer (cill at eaves level) above the central doorway, which is flanked by a window on each side. There are plain double doors each of 3 panels. Above the west window a brick is incised with the date 1798.

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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