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Belgrave Chapel, Darwen

Description: Belgrave Chapel

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 September 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 184676

OS Grid Reference: SD6920522076
OS Grid Coordinates: 369205, 422076
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6942, -2.4678

Location: Belgrave Road, Darwen, Blackburn with Darwen BB3 2RW

Locality: Darwen
County: Blackburn with Darwen
Country: England
Postcode: BB3 2RW

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Listing Text




4/5 Belgrave Chapel

Congregational chapel, 1847, by Edward Walters; recently altered
internally, now unoccupied. Sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings,
slate roof to porch, otherwise corrugated sheet roof with ventilators.
On north-south axis: 4-bay nave with north porch, aisles, east transept,
and chancel. Early English style with strong vertical emphasis: porch,
aisles and transept are all full height and have full-height gableted
angle buttresses without set-offs, very tall lancet windows. Porch,
rising from massive weathered plinth embracing steps to raised entrance,
has on each side a high open arch in 3 orders, and short octagonal
pinnacled turrets flanking the gable; the inner wall has a massive doorway
with a short shaft each side and arch moulded in 3 orders enclosed by a
hoodmould with foliated stops, 3 lancet windows above; and is continued
above the roof line as a very prominent arcaded screen finished with 3
gablets and flanked by octagonal turrets terminating in pinnacles.
Aisles have parapets, and 2 windows in each bay, but otherwise differ:
east aisle has full-height buttresses between the bays, smaller buttresses
between the windows terminating below the parapet, transept to 1st bay
with coupled entrance arches and, above these, coupled windows with a
trefoil between the heads; west aisle has buttresses between the bays
terminating below the parapet; all these buttresses lack set-offs. Short
2-bay chancel has slightly lower roof, lancet windows. Interior almost
totally altered for industrial uses, but chancel arch remaining has shafts
with foliated capitals. An early and dramatic example of the espousal of
Gothic architecture by Nonconformity.

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Source: English Heritage

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