Survey Data

Reg No

30335005


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Social


Original Use

School


Historical Use

Church/chapel


Date

1835 - 1845


Coordinates

141339, 220213


Date Recorded

27/08/2009


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced single-storey former school, built c.1840, comprising seven-bay block with recessed lower flanking porch blocks to each end, two-bay entrance porch to west and altered east porch having segmental-arched opening with metal gate leading to yard. Pitched slate roofs, with cut-stone openwork bellcote to east gable of main block, and cast-iron rainwater goods. Dressed limestone walls with wrought-iron wall-ties. Square-headed window openings having cut and tooled voussoirs and surrounds, cut-stone sills and timber fixed windows. Square-headed openings to entrance porch having red brick block-and-start surrounds, replacement timber door with overlight and cut-stone steps and threshold, and six-over-six pane timber sliding sash window with cut-stone sill. Multiple-bay single-storey outbuilding to yard to rear with corrugated metal roof, dressed limestone walls and segmental carriage arches. Wrought-iron pedestrian gate with rubble stone boundary walls to front of site.

Appraisal

Originally a Christian Brothers school building, this served for some years as a chapel, before becoming the parish hall. The tall windows are typical of nineteenth-century school buildings, while the bellcote probably dates from its use as a church. The construction in squared limestone with cut-stone dressings produces an appealing visual effect, and attests to high quality local craftsmanship. The building remains an attractive component of the townscape, and contributes positively to the visual appeal of the street.