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Methodist Central Hall with Adjacent Schoolroom, Ashington

Description: Methodist Central Hall with Adjacent Schoolroom

Grade: DL
Date Listed: 11 November 1986
Date Delisted: 16 June 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 235920

OS Grid Reference: NZ2782887848
OS Grid Coordinates: 427828, 587848
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1841, -1.5645

Location: Woodhorn Road, Wansbeck, Northumberland NE63 9AE

Locality: Ashington
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE63 9AE

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Listing Text

The following entry shall be delted

NZ 28 NE (north side)

Methodist Central Hall
11.11.86 with adjacent Schoolroom



NZ 28 NE (North side)

2/49 Methodist Central
11/11/86 Hall with adjacent

Methodist Central Hall, 1923 by Brocklehurst & Co. of Manchester, incorporating
older chapel as schoolroom. Brick in stretcher bond, glazed on front elevation,
with white terracotta dressings and tower; left return and rear rendered;
Welsh slate roof with red tile cresting and leaded dome. Art Deco style.

Street front in 2 sections. Moulded plinth. 3-bay right part has rusticated
centre and pilasters. Central panelled double doors with tripartite overlight
in keyed round arch with imposts, under frieze carrying flame-shaped lamps;
above is octagonal tower with 3-light window and tall cross under canopy, the
tower top swept back and moulded with small window at base of dome capped by
tall finial. Flanking 2-storey bays have end pilasters carrying heavy
entablature with modillion cornice, and blocking course; tripartite windows
under moulded cornices. To left is schoolroom with 3-bay gabled front showing
pilasters with ornamental frieze; centre bay has segmental bow with domed top.
Transomed windows, moulded gable coping. Single-storey link bay between Hall
and schoolroom has round-arched doorway with half-glazed double doors under
leaded fanlight, and arched window to right.

Left return of schoolroom shows five 15-pane sash windows. Right return of
Hall 2 storeys, 8 bays, with brick pilasters; terracotta 1st floor band and
cornice. Projecting end bays have half-glazed double doors in raised surrounds
with keyed lintels. Upper windows round-arched.

All windows in Hall and link bay have patterned leaded glazing. Hipped roof
with overhanging eaves and small bellcote on ridge.

Interior. Main hall seats 1,000. Curving panelled gallery with foliate
cornice, on long cantilevers. Panelled rostrum with brass rail on openwork
standards, flanked by curving steps; curving stepped platform behind rises to
segmental proscenium arch on panelled pilasters, holding organ. Double panelled
doors with leaded glazing and illuminable EXIT panels above. Tiers of hinged
seats. At rear of gallery, 2nd floor of tower is projector room. Segmental-
arched ceiling with plaster strapwork over girder trusses.

Entrance lobby flanked by stone open-well stairs with cast iron balustrades
and moulded handrails; similar stairs in rear lobbies. Schoolroom has arch-
braced collar-beam roof on stone corbels.

Built at a cost of £19,217 17s 3d, of which £10,800 donated by the J. Arthur
Rank Trust.

Listing NGR: NZ2782887848

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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