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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1134482



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Calderdale

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 29-Apr-1982

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 339375

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SOWERBY BRIDGE STEEP LANE SE 0223 & SE 0323 (north side), Sowerby 11/243 Steep Lane Baptist 29.4.82 Chapel and School GV II

Baptist Chapel and School. Dated 1873 and 1874. Coursed squared stone, ashlar dressings, stone slate roof. Chapel gable on to road with school cross-wing to rear. Chapel: 2 storeys, 3 x 5 bays. Plinth, cill bands, lst-floor impost band, giant corner pilasters supporting corniced pediment, windows with glazing bars and margin lights. Central bay, of ashlar and breaking forward slightly, has steps up to panelled double door with overlight in architrave of pilasters supporting pedimented entablature, the entablature continuing to either side over side lights. Outer bays have square-headed windows on bracketed sills. lst-floor windows are round-arched with archivolts and imposts, the central window tripartite with wider central light and keystone rising into cornice, above which is blocking course and oculus in console-bracketed architrave with leaf-moulded keystones and inscription '1874 Steep Lane'; a scroll and the blocking course below continue the inscription 'PARTICULAR' 'BAPTIST CHAPEL'. Returns have square-headed windows to ground floor, round-arched windows above, all with glazing bars and bracketed sills, plain gutter brackets; corniced stack at rear gable. On right return the gabled school-room at the right end, projecting slightly, is of 2 storeys with basement and 3 bays. It has square-headed windows to basement and ground floor, round-arched windows to lst floor and oculus in gable. On its left return are steps up to a door set below window and date plaque with round-arched window above. Plaque reads "HEPZIBAH/1820/Peace be within this sacred place/And joy a constant guest/With holy gifts and heavenly grace/ Be her attendants blest". A stone above this is dated 1751 and one below inscribed 'SCHOOL 1873 CHAPEL 1874'. Interior: chapel has full gallery on cast-iron fluted Ionic columns; 3 plaster ceiling roundels with elaborate foliage decoration; turned balusters to pulpit railings; box pews; in ante- chamber, open-string stair to gallery has turned balusters and moulded handrail. This building replacesa former chapel built on the site in 1820 which in turn replaced one situated just to the east and probably built in 1751 (when the first minister was here and the date on one of the stones in the schoolroom wall).

Listing NGR: SE0290923668

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National Grid Reference: SE 02909 23668


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