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Church of St John (Methodist)

A Grade II Listed Building in Birstall and Birkenshaw, Kirklees

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Latitude: 53.7314 / 53°43'52"N

Longitude: -1.6589 / 1°39'32"W

OS Eastings: 422597

OS Northings: 426160

OS Grid: SE225261

Mapcode National: GBR JTV9.M4

Mapcode Global: WHC9Q.HG7T

Entry Name: Church of St John (Methodist)

Listing Date: 3 December 1979

Last Amended: 13 January 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1183996

English Heritage Legacy ID: 340930

Location: Kirklees, WF17

County: Kirklees

Electoral Ward/Division: Birstall and Birkenshaw

Built-Up Area: Batley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Birstall St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

3.12.79 Church of St John (Methodist)
(Formerly listed as
Wesleyan Church)


Methodist Chapel. Dated 1846. Possibly by James Simpson. Dressed
stone with ashlar dressings. Pitched Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys
on tall plinth with basement. 6 bay hall with 5 bay plain Classical
front, flanked by broad clasping pilasters. 3 bay central break is
pedimented with tablet in tympanum with embossed lettering: WESLEYAN
To left and right steps lead to panelled doors with round arched fanlight
in doorcase with engaged columns, entablature and blocking course.
Round arched windows, with architraves, have keystone and impost blocks
and marginal glazing.

Fine interior has gallery to 3 sides on thin Corinthian columns.
Pilaster bay divisions to walls. Gallery and ground floor are box
pewed throughout to seat 1150. Handsome organ case framed in
Corinthian order. Tall pulpit up twin flights of stairs. Communion
table and ornamental cast iron Communion rail. Cast iron balconies
from organ to staircase doors and gallery.

Bust of John Nelson, 1705-1774, founder of the Chapel, over inscribed
tablet, under gallery. John Nelson was a pioneer of early Methodism
in Yorkshire.

Inscribed foundation stone reads: "The original Wesleyan Chapel was
built in 1750. Rebuilt and enlarged 1782. This Chapel was built
in 1846".

Listing NGR: SE2258226174

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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