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Description: School Adjoining Wesleyan Memoraial Church
Date Listed: 10 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 165139
OS Grid Reference: SE7812203837
OS Grid Coordinates: 478122, 403837
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5254, -0.8230
SE 7803-7903 EPWORTH HIGH STREET
20/78 School adjoining Wesleyan
School. 1888-9 by Charles Bell. Rock-faced ashlar to front and sides,
yellow brick to rear; ashlar dressings throughout. Welsh slate roofs.
Rectangular on plan: schoolroom with 3 adjoining single-room wings to north,
main entrance lobby and covered annexe to right adjoining Wesleyan Memorial
Church (qv), small hall and outhouses adjoining to rear. Forms south side
of courtyard. Tall single-storey schoolroom with lower single-storey front
wings and adjoining ranges. North front: 3 adjoining single-bay wings
flanked by main entrance lobby to right, secondary entrance set back to
left. Chamfered plinth, quoins. Gabled wings each have single 3-light
ashlar mullioned-and-transomed window with pointed lights beneath pointed
rusticated arches, linked by a flush ashlar band at impost-eaves level.
Central gable is topped by a tall stepped stack with ashlar offsets and
triple cylindrical shafts; flanking wings have string courses and blind
quatrefoil panels beneath stone-coped gables with shaped kneelers and
trefoil finials. Low single-storey range to right has main entrance
breaking forward with double board doors with ornate wrought ironwork in
pointed double-chamfered arch with hoodmould and carved stops beneath coped
gable; twin lancets to right with hoodmould. Section to right adjoining
church has 3-light mullioned-and-transomed window with pointed lights.
Secondary entrance to schoolroom to left has chamfered rounded-trefoil arch
with pointed hoodmould, and board door with ornate wrought ironwork, beneath
moulded string course and coped parapet. East gable end: schoolroom has
large pointed 4-light plate-traceried window with pointed transomed lights
beneath moulded string course and foiled round light, hoodmould and head
stops; pierced quatrefoil above. South side (rear) has projecting central
gabled wing with traceried ashlar oculus, flanked by single buttresses and
3-light mullioned-and-transomed windows to each side beneath segmental
arches. School room and smaller hall adjoining to east both have coped
gables with shaped kneelers and trefoil finials. Interior: largely
unaltered, with corbelled arch-braced roof to schoolroom, panelled ceilings,
panelled doors, etc. Part of an unusually ornate group of Methodist
buildings, erected in commemoration of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley
(1703-91), and the Wesley family of Epworth. Included for group value.
Listing NGR: SE7812203837
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Source: English Heritage
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