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Fairfield Moravian Church, Droylsden

Description: Fairfield Moravian Church

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 17 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 212732

OS Grid Reference: SJ9016197617
OS Grid Coordinates: 390161, 397617
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4752, -2.1497

Location: Sisters' Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside M43 6AE

Locality: Droylsden
County: Tameside
Country: England
Postcode: M43 6AE

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Listing Text

SJ 99 NW

4/76 Nos. 15A, 28 and
30 and Fairfield
17/11/66 Moravian Church

G.V. II*

Church, house and manse (No. 28). c.1785. Header bond brick
with slate roof. 8-bay gallery-plan church with cross-axial
entrance flanked on either side by lower 3-bay 2-storey
houses with central-entrance plans. Stone plinth and eaves
cornice. The church has a giant pediment over the central 4
bays which are slightly advanced. Central door with stone
surround and flat hood and 2 doors with eared architraves
and pediments. Tall windows in the central. 4 bays are
enlargements (probably of 1908) of the smaller original
windows which had stone sills and cambered brick arches and
still exist in the outer bays. Marginal glazing bars with
circular heads. Hipped roof with central bell and clock
cupola. The symmetrical house elevations step back from the
church and are virtually identical to each other. Stone
steps lead to 6-panel doors with eared architrave surrounds
and pediments. Each has 2 ground floor and 3 first floor
windows with stone sills, flat brick arches and 4-pane
sashes. No. 15A is entered through the right gable-end of
No. 30. Interior: virtually all internal features date from
a refitting of 1908. West gallery on slender Ionic cast-iron
columns. Timber glazed screens. Central pulpit in front of
an organ recess which is flanked by paired Ionic pilasters
and pedimented vestry doors. Timber pews and panelling. The
group forms the centrepiece of the Fairfield Moravian
Settlement which is the largest as well as the earliest of
its kind to be established in England. The doctrinal
emphasis on Christian brotherhood and community living led
to the establishment of the self-contained village by
Benjamin Latrobe. It was planned around a square, with the
church facing south over an avenue of trees, graveyards and
gardens. J. Aikin, A description of the country from
thirty to forty miles round Manchester, 1795. F.H. Mellows,
A short history of Fairfield Moravian Church, 1977.

Listing NGR: SJ9016197617

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Source: English Heritage

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