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Wesleyan Chapel, Emmet Street, Birr, County Offaly
14819020
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Reg. No.14819020
Date1815 - 1825
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTOWNPARKS (BB. BY.)
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates206050, 205184
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Detached three-bay double-height gable-fronted Wesleyan chapel, built in 1820, with single-storey central entrance porch, abutting school, built in 1896, to rear. In use as a Methodist Church. Chapel set back from street. Pitched slate roof with rendered chimneystack and stone coping to gable front. Ashlar limestone walls to façade with date plaque to pediment. Smooth render to rear and side elevations. Tooled stone plinth and cornice to façade. Pointed-arched window openings with chamfered surround and traceried windows to upper storey. Tudor arched window openings with chamfered surround to ground floor of façade and porch with stained glass windows. Tudor arched door opening set within projecting porch, with tooled limestone surround and timber battened double doors. Front site bounded by tooled limestone wall surmounted by cast-iron railings.

Appraisal

This vibrant, attractive chapel imparts an air of grandeur to the vicinity. Nestled amongst domestic structures, it is an ecclesiastical building of importance. The treatment of the stonework makes an architectural statement in itself. The pediment to the gable creates a temple like feeling appropriate for a place of worship. Set in the pediment is a date plaque which reads: 'Wesley Chapel 1820'. The combination of lancets with intersecting glazing bars and Tudor arched stained glass windows aesthetically enhance the façade, while illuminating the interior.
 
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