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HER Number:MDV96091
Name:Baptist Church Hall, Boutport Street


Church hall with schoolrooms above built in 1869-70 to the designs of R. D. Gould. Flanked by the church and former minister's house.


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

  • CHURCH HALL (XIX - 1869 AD to 1870 AD (Between))
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL (XIX - 1869 AD to 1870 AD)

Full description

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

'Sunday School' marked.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, BHBS Mapping Area 1109 (Un-published). SDV351581.

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

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

Church hall with schoolrooms above. 1869-70. By RD Gould. The walling resembles brick, but appears to be of a soft stone, possibly refaced in cement; limestone dressings, granite plinth. Slated roof with crested ridge-tiles. 2 lofty storeys, equal to 3 storeys of the former minister's house, May House (qv), on the right. Gothic Revival style. 4-window range, the 3 larger windows to right grouped together under a gable. Windows in both storeys have pointed stone arches with hoodmoulds; those in 2nd storey sub-divided into 2 lights, with pointed arches and a round light in window-head. Group of small ventilator slits in apex of gable, on top of which is a carved stone finial. Left-hand bay has a slight projection. In its ground storey a segmental-headed doorway with panelled double doors. Immediately above this a half-window with pointed arch. 2nd-storey window has trefoiled head set within a larger pointed arch having a hoodmould on mask-corbels. Small gable above. At the base of the left door-jamb is carved: 'This stone was laid by T Cave Esq. M.P. Sept. 8. 1869.'
Interior: 1988 list description mentions no features of special interest in the hall; upper floor not inspected. The Baptist Church and the former Minister's house, now May House, adjoin the church on either side. (Gardiner WF: Barnstaple, 1837-97: Barnstaple: 1897-: 101).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
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. [Mapped feature: #109982 ]
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. BHBS Mapping Area 1109.

Associated Monuments

MDV96085Related to: Barnstaple Baptist Church, 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 2:55PM