Mutley Baptist Church

Mutley Baptist Church is an evangelical Baptist church and congregation in Mutley Plain, Plymouth, Devon, situated in a large Grade II building, designed by architect J. Ambrose in 1867.[2]

Mutley Baptist Church
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Coordinates: 50°22′51″N 4°08′01″W / 50.380972°N 4.133616°W / 50.380972; -4.133616
LocationMutley Plain Plymouth, Devon
Founded16 June 1867 (1867-06-16)
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)J. Ambrose
Minister(s)Nick Lear[1]


Early historyEdit

The Baptist Magazine reported that the church was built at the initiative of the congregation of George Street and that the construction started on June 16th, 1867 with the memorial being laid by Mr. Peter Adams, of Plymouth.[3] It also described the style of the building as Venetian-Italian and reported the estimated cost of construction to be around 7000 pounds.[3] The Building News and Engineering Journal reported in 1869 that the construction lasted 16 months and defined the style as Palladian.[2] The church was certified as a place of religious worship on April 20th, 1871.[4]

Present timesEdit

In January 2021 the church announced that the Revd Nick Lear was to become the new minister.[5]


The church it built of Plymouth limestone in a Classical Style described as French late Gothic /Renaissance[6] or Palladian.[2] It was extended in 1907 to include Spurgeon Hall[6] and is considered a notable example of non-conformist chapel architecture.[6]

Further readingEdit

  • A Brief History of Mutley Baptist Church, Plymouth: 1869-1949 Underhill, 1949
  • Devon (Pevsner Buildings of England) Pevsner Architectural Guides 1989


  1. ^ "Mutley Baptist Church : PASTORAL APPOINTMENT".
  2. ^ a b c "Building Intelligence: Churches and Chapels". The Building News and Engineering Journal. XVI: 434. 3 December 1869. Retrieved 12 February 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Rev. W.G., ed. (1868). "Intelligence". The Baptist Magazine. LX: 523. Retrieved 12 February 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Matthews, J.W. (25 April 1871). "Notice is hereby given…". The London Gazette (23731): 2032. Retrieved 12 February 2018 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Mutley Baptist Church : PASTORAL APPOINTMENT".
  6. ^ a b c Historic England. "MUTLEY BAPTIST CHURCH INCLUDING SPURGEON HALL AND CARETAKERS COTTAGE, City of Plymouth - 1386261 (1386261)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

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