TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH (INCLUDING ATTACHED HALL AND CHURCH ROOMS)

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1376625
Date first listed:
25-Sep-1998
Statutory Address:
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH (INCLUDING ATTACHED HALL AND CHURCH ROOMS), ANNABEL CLOSE E14
Statutory Address:
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH (INCLUDING ATTACHED HALL AND CHURCH ROOMS), EAST INDIA DOCK ROAD E14

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Location

Statutory Address:
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH (INCLUDING ATTACHED HALL AND CHURCH ROOMS), ANNABEL CLOSE E14
Statutory Address:
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH (INCLUDING ATTACHED HALL AND CHURCH ROOMS), EAST INDIA DOCK ROAD E14

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

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 37542 80992

Details

TQ 3780 EAST INDIA DOCK ROAD, E14

788/25/10064 Trinity Methodist Church (including attached hall and church rooms)

II

Former Congregational Church, now used as a Methodist Church, including attached hall and church rooms. 1950-51, by Cecil Handisyde and D Rogers Stark. Engineer Felix Samuely. Restored 1975-6 by Edward Mills. Yellow brick, precast concrete panels, reinforced concrete frame, copper sheet cladding. Low pitched roof to church, not visible. Flat roof to church rooms and hall. Church itself a tall, long, galleried space, attached to north-west to church rooms of 2 storeys at right angles which adjoin a double-height hall, parallel with and forming an open courtyard with the church. Tower at south-west corner of church rooms. Church with exposed reinforced concrete frame which climbs over the top of the church roof, and from which the roof is hung. East and west walls of the church are clad in dark precast concrete panels. Ground floor on south side is recessed behind colonnade of pilotis. Church wall between this and a horizontal strip clerestory is inclined inward and is clad in sheet copper, 8 vertical sheets per bay with two levels of zig-zag joints. Lower brick chancel and low, two-storey entrance and staircase area recessed to the west. Rectangular brick tower to south west corner of this, with an entrance at ground floor level and crowned by an open octagonal cupola with slender metal supports to a circular top (with small circular top-lights) and a single vertical finial above. Church rooms of two storeys with strip windows, metal frames. Church hall fully glazed, with recessed clerestory behind concrete piers which rise up, over the roof. Metal framed windows. Interior of the church lofty with circular roof lights and vertical north and south windows lighting eastern end. Original fittings and furnishings including moulded plywood pews, slightly flared polygonal font, flush-panelled balcony fronts and pendant light fittings each including a large bowl and five down-lighters in a Festival of Britain manner. Some of the Sunday School rooms were converted to student accommodation in 1975-6. The church was part of the `Live' Architecture exhibition at the Festival of Britain. It is an early example of an English non-conformist Church in a Modern idiom, and of the concept of the church centre with meeting rooms and recreational facilities as well as a worship space. It was widely published and became a model for subsequent churches of many denominations.



Listing NGR: TQ3754280992

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
470631
Legacy System:
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Sources

Books and journals
'The Architects Journal' in 20 December, (1951), 739-745

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 09 Dec 2002
Reference: IOE01/06827/13
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Colin Carron. Source Historic England Archive
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