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Van Road United Reformed Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Caerphilly (Caerffili), Caerphilly

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5739 / 51°34'26"N

Longitude: -3.216 / 3°12'57"W

OS Eastings: 315822

OS Northings: 186815

OS Grid: ST158868

Mapcode National: GBR HW.D3RD

Mapcode Global: VH6DT.6PNT

Entry Name: Van Road United Reformed Church

Listing Date: 14 October 1997

Last Amended: 18 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18960

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: On corner with Goodrich Street.

County: Caerphilly

Town: Caerphilly

Community: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Caerphilly

Locality: Van Road

Built-Up Area: Caerphilly

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

By W Beddoe Rees of Cardiff, at a cost of £2,750. The foundation stones were laid on 23rd November 1903, and the church was opened in August 1904. It was designed to seat 518 and the first minister was the Rev. Edward Bush. A group of English speaking Congregationalists had broken away from their Welsh speaking counterparts in March 1896. They established a church in 1898 and worship took place at the Board School, Tonyfelin Road, until the present site was secured.

Exterior

Large chapel in Free Gothic style. Rock-faced Newbridge sandstone with extensive Bathstone dressings, banding, quoins. Basement with vestries, rooms etc. Gabled entrance has steep steps up to central doorway; square gatepiers with capstones, iron gates and railings. Five-light Decorated window with flowing tracery, doorway (elaborate hinges to doors) in band of Gothic-arched cusped panelling (some pierced as windows), below this, a row of foundation stones; to L, polygonal Bathstone turret buttress. To R, tapering square-plan tower with clasping buttresses, castellated parapet and pyramidal spire; broad 5-light windows to bell stage; windows with 3 cusped lights to lower stage; at ground level, camber-headed doorway, door with elaborate strap hinges. To L of front, stair tower with splayed corners, band of windows, castellated parapet, hipped roof. Five bay side elevations with windows separated by shallow buttresses. Two-light Gothic windows at chapel level, 2-light square-headed windows at basement level, doorway with overlight. To rear (cement rendered), shallow projection to organ recess.

Interior

Lobby has decorated wood panelled and stained glass screen in Art-Nouveau style. Lofty interior with narrow cast iron columns supporting a hammer-beam roof and timber arcades. Wood panelled ceiling. Gothic arched recess to S end, with painted scroll and inscription above. The recess houses an organ with panelled case and exposed pipes. In front is a polygonal wooden pulpit in Gothic style with blind arches, with stalls to sides. To rear (S) corners, splayed timber and stained glass screens to vestry and stair to lower level. Three banks of wooden benches, wainscot panelling. Stained glass to windows, mainly in Art-Nouveau style, to the traceried heads. Basement vestries and offices.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an original Arts and Crafts Gothic chapel by leading chapel architect and writer on chapel design.

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