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© Mr Richard Swynford-Lain

IoE Number: 38777
Location: CONGRETIONAL CHURCH, BROAD STREET (south side)
  READING, READING, BERKSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Richard Swynford-Lain
Date Photographed: 18 May 2001
Date listed: 14 December 1978
Date of last amendment: 14 December 1978
Grade II

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BROAD STREET1.5128(South Side)Congregational Church

BROAD STREET 1. 5128 (South Side) Congregational Church and Nos 89 and 89A SU 7173 SW 2/413 II 2. Included for its interior. Exterior from Broad Street (Nos 89 and 89A) is the annexe of 1892. 2 and 4 storeys. Red brick. 3 unequal bays with 3 windows, tower and 2 windows. Stone dressings, quoins and strings. Large archway under tower with moulded soffit and rustication, bolection upper part. Shaped pediment over with cartouche inscribed "Broad Street Independant Chapel" and dated on frieze below "1662, 1892, 1800". Modern ground floor shops flank tower. Tower capped by octagonal turret. The chapel itself is set well back in a courtyard at rear of annexe. Probably the 1800 rebuild with alterations - hipped slate roof 2 storey brick block with 3 arched windows. Interior a good example of a galleried non-conformist chapel in a prosperous market town although not as good as St Mary's Castle Street (qv). Roughly square with encircling galleries and an organ over the dais. Panelled galleries, late Victorian pews, angled under galleries, domed ceiling with modillion cornice. Central window of North Gallery has copy of Burne-Jone's "Light of the World".

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