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HER Number:MDV96085
Name:Barnstaple Baptist Church, Boutport Street


Baptist chapel built in 1860 to the designs of R. D. Gould. 20th century addition at rear.


Grid Reference:SS 557 335
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BAPTIST CHAPEL (XIX to XX - 1860 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 07/11/2012, 1 Grenville Street, Bideford, Torridge, BHBS Mapping Area 1252 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350581.

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

'Baptist Chapel (Particular) (Seats for 850)' marked.
Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Baptist chapel. 1860. By RD Gould; C20 addition at rear. Squared stone rubble with dressings of limestone; brick relieving arches, painted white, to windows. Left gable wall slate-hung. Slated roofs; stair turret at left-hand has a small rendered chimney to left of front wall. Plan consists of a large oblong room with galleries along rear and side walls; rear gallery and space below now partitioned off. At left-hand end an entrance lobby with stair turret to left of it. 7-window range with 2 tiers of round-arched openings. All have moulded archivolts terminating on small carved brackets, being linked at cill level and springing level of the arches by bands of limestone. Doorway in each end opening has 8-panelled door, the 2 lowest panels flush; fanlight with radial glazing bars. The other openings contain small-paned windows, 16 panes in lower tier, 20 panes above, all with radial bars in the window-head. A lot of old glass survives, especially in the upper tiers. Small panels carved with 4-leaved flowers between heads of openings in lower tier. Bracketed stone eaves cornice. The stair turret to left has a lower eaves level and contains a small round-arched window in each of its 2 storeys; plain chamfered surrounds, 8-pane fixed sashes, the top 2 panes shaped to fit the head of the window.
Interior: 1988 list description describes original galleries as surviving, carried on cast-iron columns of quatrefoil section with patterned, open-work brackets at the top. Gallery fronts (possibly later) had deal panelling with ornate iron rails above. Galleries re-seated in 1896. At south end, choir loft had similar panelled front; at the rear of it an organ of 1884 with painted pipes. In front of and below it an elaborate pulpit of 1933 with carved Gothic detail. 2 large, decorated chandelier bosses on the ceiling. Adjoining the chapel on the right-hand side are, successively, the hall and schoolrooms and the former Minister's residence, May House. (Gardiner WF: Barnstaple, 1837-97: Barnstaple: 1897-: 101; 1986-).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV350581List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 07/11/2012. 1 Grenville Street, Bideford, Torridge. Additions and Amendments to Checklist. Digital + A4. BHBS Mapping Area 1252.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV96091Related to: Baptist Church Hall, Boutport Street (Building)
MDV96086Related to: May House, Boutport Street, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2013 2:56PM