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Description: Methodist Church
Date Listed: 7 July 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 178748
OS Grid Reference: TQ5912246603
OS Grid Coordinates: 559122, 146603
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1965, 0.2760
TQ 5946 NW TONBRIDGE EAST STREET
3/121 Methodist Church
Methodist Church. Completed in 1875 by Cattermole & Eade of Ipswich with
adjoining Sunday School in similar style of 1897. Church built of red brick in
Flemish bond with bands of yellow brickwork and stone dressings. Slate roof.
Front has central gable with cross-shaped saddlestone and small quatrefoil
window. Large arched window with corbels, the upper part a rose window with 5
trefoil arches below flashed by lancets with trefoil heads. Dripcourse. To
left is 1 bay with arched window with trefoil heads and arched doorcase with
gabled head sexfoil decoration and plank door with decorative hinges footscraper
in decorative gable to right. To the right of the central gable are 3 bays and
buttresses and 3 arched windows with trefoil decoration and similar doorcase.
Left side elevation has 2 brick chimneys, sexfoil window above and 2 arched win-
dows with trefoils below. Interior of church has an unusually elaborate wooden
roof of 'spider's web' form comprising a series of 4 intersecting arches and
other arched braced tie- beams with elaborate fretted decorations in the
spandrels including quatrefoil motifs. The church retains intact its original
north arch comprising panelled organ gallery and 2 other upper galleries, pews
and pulpit. Attached to the right hand side is the Victoria Hall of 1896-7 in
similar style also in red brick with stone dressings. Large gable with hood
moulding and triple lancet window, the top with quatrefoil below trefoil flanked
by similar single lancets. To the right the Sunday School has a smaller gable
with blank quatrefoil, triple sash window to 1st floor and triple Caernarvon
arched windows to ground floor. Arched doorcases. Right side elevation is
Listing NGR: TQ5912246603
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Source: English Heritage
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