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Listed Building record MDR13382 - Friend's Meeting House, Toadhole Furnace, Shirland and Higham

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The Friends Meeting House and school were built in 1743 from coursed sandstone rubble with gritstone dressings and slate roofs. The meeting house was a single bay, single storey building to the east and the school house was two storey, single bay to the west with a flight of stone steps between the two. Over the doorway of the Meeting House there is a lintel inscribed 'Matthew Hopkinson 1743'. (1) The former Friends Meeting House is a small building of squared stone with a slate roof, formerly thatched, built in 1743. A stable with women's meeting-house above of the later 18th century, similarly constructed, stands to the west separated from the main building by an external stair to the gallery. The north front has a doorway with a deep lintel inscribed 'Matthew Hopkinson 1743' and a small two-light window to the left with a square mullion. The south wall has a small blocked window near the centre, and further east a large window has been inserted in the 19th century. The interior (24ft by 14.5ft) has two exposed beams supporting a deep gallery the front of which is closed by fielded panelled shutters. (2)

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  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: RCHME (Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England). 1986. An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses in Central England - Derbyshire extract. p 55-6 illus..



Grid reference Centred SK 3891 5694 (14m by 8m)

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Jan 17 2024 6:10AM

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