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Wesleyan Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Bridgwater, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1279 / 51°7'40"N

Longitude: -3.0015 / 3°0'5"W

OS Eastings: 330016

OS Northings: 136986

OS Grid: ST300369

Mapcode National: GBR M5.99D7

Mapcode Global: VH7DH.XXM8

Entry Name: Wesleyan Chapel

Listing Date: 16 December 1974

Last Amended: 31 January 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197396

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373944

Location: Bridgwater, Sedgemoor, Somerset, TA6

County: Somerset

District: Sedgemoor

Civil Parish: Bridgwater

Built-Up Area: Bridgwater

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


736-1/9/128 (West side)
16/12/74 Wesleyan Chapel
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Methodist Church)


Wesleyan Chapel, now furniture store. 1816 date on upper
platband; a large tablet below pediment inscribed "RAISED AND
ENLARGED 1860" refers to building of front narthex,
heightening of side walls and ceiling and refitting of
interior. Flemish-bond brick with stone coping, platband,
cornice, arcade, rusticated pilasters and plinth; double-Roman
tile roof. Rectangular plan. Classical style.
2 storeys. 5-bay front with pedimented central 3 bays brought
forward, with parapet swept down either side. Gothick-style
windows with intersecting glazing bars, some with hinged top
opening casements: one breaks cornice of parapet above 3
rectangular recesses including date panel, and others to first
floor are set in semicircular arched recesses; all set in
gauged semicircular arched surrounds.
Flat-roofed narthex or porch, curved at corner into Dampiet
Street on left, has rusticated pilasters flanking 3
semicircular arched doorways with moulded archivolts and
keystones supported on each side by small Ionic columns with
moulded cornices, paired to the centre, and resting on the
plinth; the early C19 interior wall has similar gauged brick
arches over 2 tall windows flanking wide double doors of 2
panels with large overlights. 6-window left return and partly
obscured right return has similar Gothick-style fenestration.
Rear and lower 2-storey block of 1860 has 6/6-pane sashes to
2-window front to Dampiet Street.
INTERIOR: the south west end has a pointed-arched hoodmould
over 3 Gothic recesses, that to centre is stilted. Cast-iron
columns support a trellised horseshoe-shaped cast-iron balcony
to the other three sides and some stepped platforms to former
seating remain. To back of balcony is an elaborate c1860
cornice and frieze.
(Stell C: Non-conformist Chapels and Meeting-Houses in SW
England: London: 1991-: 169; Buildings of England: Pevsner N:
South and West Somerset: London: 1958-: 96).

Listing NGR: ST3001636986

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