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Listed Building: MELBOURNE BAPTIST CHURCH (1334632)

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Grade II
Authority Historic England
Volume/Map/Item 1885, 6, 57
Date assigned Wednesday, March 11, 1987
Date last amended


Baptist church. 1750, enlarged 1832, with minor later alterations. Rendered brick, simulated to look like ashlar, with painted stone dressings and rusticated rendered quoins. Slate roof with stone coped gables on plain kneelers. Three bays by three bays with lower bay to west. Main elevation to east is gabled and has a plain first floor sill band and a similar band at eaves level. To ground floor there is a central C18 Venetian window with narrow central light, now blocked, and side lights with fixed C20 windows filled with coloured glass, each with keystones to top. To top of the central light there is an attractive C19 lamp bracket. To either side there are C18 doorcases with raised fillets to the outer edges and raised keystones, each doorcase has a panelled door. Above there are three fixed pane windows below rusticated wedge lintels with keystones. Above again in the gable there is a central stone plaque on plain consoles, inscribed 'General Baptist Chapel, Erected 1750, enlarged 1832'. Just above this is a small moulded circular window. South elevation has two fixed pane windows to ground floor and three similar windows above with rusticated wedge lintels plus keystones. Rear elevation has a lower brick chancel bay with a segment headed doorcase to north and a semi-circular headed window above, plus a similar window to the west wall. Interior has a panelled gallery on wooden columns to three sides and a wide moulded depressed segmental arch into the western bay with banded pilasters to either side from the gallery level upwards. The ceiling is panelled and has an early C19 rose to centre. Nave has simple early C19 box pews. Western bay has an ornate late C19 railing to front and to the pulpit, also with ornate organ behind. There are several wall memorials, including three C18 ones to the east wall. There is one marble and slate memorial with a flat obelisk top to Robert Shevyn who died 1791 and two slate memorials, both with urns to tops, one to Francis Smith who died 1796 and one to Robert Sheffield who died in 1797. The north wall has a slate and white marble memorial to John Pegg who died in 1826, by J Robinson of Derby, and a similar one to John Earp who died in 1836, by J Yates of Leicester. There is another similar, unsigned one, to Thomas Perkins and his daughter Elizabeth, who died in 1792 and 1854. South wall has a coloured marble war memorial and two slate and white marble memorials, one to John Scott who died in 1846, by Bagnall, and one to John Earp who died 1883, signed by Robinson of Derby.

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Grid reference SK 38629 25372 (point)
Map sheet SK32NE

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Aug 25 2011 5:28PM

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