Chingford United Reformed Church

Chingford United Reformed Church is a Grade II listed United Reformed Church at Buxton Road, Chingford, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.[1]

Chingford United Reformed Church
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Chingford United Reformed Church, west front in Buxton Road
LocationBuxton Road, Chingford, London, E4 7DP
CountryEngland
DenominationUnited Reformed Church
Websitehttps://www.forestgroupurc.co.uk/chingford-urc.html
History
StatusActive
Founded1888
Architecture
Heritage designationGrade II listed
Designated2 July 1998
Architect(s)John Diggle Mould and Samuel Joseph Mould
StylePerpendicular Gothic
Years built1910
Administration
DivisionForest Group of United Reformed Churches

HistoryEdit

The original Congregational church in Chingford was founded in 1888, initially meeting at a café in Station Road called the Victoria Coffee Palace. A plot of land was bought by the church in 1889 and a temporary corrugated iron building, or "tin tabernacle" was erected on the site. In 1890, a church hall was opened, named Spicer Hall after James Spicer, a benefactor.[2] The architect of the hall was Rowland Plumbe; it was eventually sold by the church and converted into apartments in 2004.[3] In 1910, the new church was constructed; the architects were John Diggle Mould and his younger brother Samuel Joseph Mould,[1] who were Primitive Methodists from Manchester that specialised in Nonconformist church buildings.[4]

DescriptionEdit

Of red brick with stone banding, the west frontage facing Buxton Road has a triple entrance under a large Perpendicular Gothic window, leaded in the Art Nouveau style. A tower with pinnacles and a copper clad spire stands on the right of the front. Internally, a foyer below a gallery gives entry to a square nave, made octagonal by stone arches in the corners. A stone screen under a large arch divide the nave from a polygonal sanctuary.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Chingford United Reformed Church (1334924)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 6 September 2014
  2. ^ Powell, W. R., ed. (1973). A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6. London: Victoria County History. pp. 97–114. ISBN 978-0197227190.
  3. ^ a b Cherry, Bridget; O'Brien, Charles; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2005). London 5: East. New Haven CT and London: Yale University Press. p. 715. ISBN 978-0300107012.
  4. ^ Darlington, Neil. "A Biographical Dictionary of the Architects of Greater Manchester: 1800-1940 - James Diggle Mould". manchestervictorianarchitects.org.uk. The Manchester Group of the Victorian Society. Retrieved 4 March 2021.

Coordinates: 51°37′59″N 0°00′18″E / 51.633123°N 0.005029°E / 51.633123; 0.005029