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SP 0202, 578-1/4/317

CIRENCESTER, THOMAS STREET (south side), Nos. 51 and 53, Friends Meeting House

(Formerly Listed as: THOMAS STREET (South side) No. 51)

(Previously listed as: THOMAS STREET (South side) Friends Meeting House)




Quaker meeting house and attached house. 1673 with major alterations and extension 1809-1811, porch and minor rooms added 1865; house early C19 with later alterations. Meeting house is coursed squared limestone rubble, 1865 addition in coursed squared limestone; stone slate roof, corrugated asbestos on 1865 lean-to extension; external stack to left end now closed off. House is coursed squared limestone; Welsh slate hipped parapeted roof, with hip facing street; brick ridge stack and stone lateral stack to right. Meeting house is range of 2 meeting rooms parallel to and set back from street; earlier portion to left is larger and includes central through-passage. Porch and minor rooms added 1865 as lean-to on street front. House to left occupied by caretaker is linked internally to meeting house at ground floor and attic. Meeting house range is single-storey and attic, 3-windows. Porch extension has three 2/2-pane sashes in round-headed openings with chamfered reveals in flat stone surrounds, pair of 4-panel doors with simple fanlight to left in similar surround. Windows and door linked by unmoulded impost band; low parapet and coping with raised portion to centre with flanking brackets with incised lettering FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE. Pair of part-glazed 6-panel doors to far right into 1810 range. Rear elevation to garden has 5 early C19 round-headed sash windows with intersecting tracery; dated 1673 and 1810 on lintels of doorways.

INTERIOR has central stone-flagged passage flanked by screens formed of 4 tiers of early C19 deal shutters hung as sash windows with pilasters between forming sash boxes, capable of being raised above ceiling height to remove partition entirely except pilasters. Room to left has stone-flagged floor and 4 timber Doric columns supporting beams with step-stopped chamfers. Coved ceiling. Early C19 fittings include panelling to approximately 2m, benches around walls and freestanding stand with panelled front and two entrances with balustraded handrails. Room to right of passage has similar panelling, gallery with front closed off 1989. Former meeting room in left attic approached via staircase in warden's house has early C19 benches, and C18/early C19 chimneypiece. This room formerly continued over present through-passage, now shortened by early C19 partitions. Roof structure concealed by 3 panelled arches, probably C18, one now beyond partition.

Warden's house to left is 2-storey one-window range. First floor has one 8/8-pane sash in plain reveal; ground floor has one similar window. 6-panel door with top 2 panels glazed has simple fanlight in round-headed plain reveal to right. Plat band over ground floor; unmoulded string over first floor; coped parapet. Interior partially inspected; blocked 3-light ovolo-moulded stone-mullion window of 1673 meeting house in ground floor rear left.

Quakerism in Cirencester dates back to at least 1660; a lease of this site obtained 1673. Regular meetings ceased 1922, resumed 1949 and still continued. No.51 Thomas Street was listed 23.7.71.

(Sources: Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses: Stell C: Gloucestershire: RCHME: 1986-: P.80; Cirencester Museum Historical/Listed Building Record).

Listing NGR: SP0207902243


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

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Date: 30 Mar 2001
Reference: IOE01/03276/16
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