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Baptist Union Church

Address : Castle Street, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0918720896

Site Status : Grade II listed

Statutory List Description : 1836-44 in neo-classical style. Stucco with false ashlar joints. Slate roofs. Symmetrical plan externally giving impression of nave, small transepts and chancel, though internally a non-conformist hall. Side entrances project from north and south sides, also containing gallery stairs. East end beyond these is slightly wider than west end of chapel. Western elevation is a symmetrical classical design. There is a pediment containing a modern cartouche bearing the words UNION CHAPEL. Dentil band and frieze beneath. Three bays below. Central one is reached from raised platform with stairs to either side. It is deeply recessed, with windows in reveals, and pediment over is supported on 2 Doric columns. Modern double doors, doorway with architrave under pediment with small side quadrant wings, all supported on 2 side brackets. Doorway is flanked by 2 tall windows in plain reveals, and one window over. The 2 side bays are defined by full length plain pilasters. Each bay has 2 windows, with moulded architrave and cills, the upper tall and having pediments as over the door, and the lower more squat. The north and south elevations are similar. Each is of 7 bays, 4 at the west end, 2 at the east, divided by the single bay of the side entrance. Three storeys in shallow round-headed recesses. First and second floor sash windows with glazing bars in plain reveals and with cills in each bay. Second floor round-headed with radial glazing bars in head. Entrance and stairs projecting bay is 2 storey with one window, as first floor types; 6 panelled door up 2 steps, in moulded architrave with cornice over on foliated and scrolled brackets. East end is wrapped round by large Sunday school building of 1892, not included in the listing. Converted to residential use in 1990. Only the outer shell of the church remains.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

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Francis Frith photo, 1897 - an 1897 photo of the Union Chapel on the Francis Frith website.

Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture - you might find this helpful if you are not familiar with all the architectural terms used to describe this site. There are links to other glossaries on our Links page.

Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to the Baptist Union Church and are all within about 200 metres :

Castle Street
Red Lion Hotel [Grade II listed]
1 Castle Street - The White Hart Public House [Grade II listed]
2-8 Castle Street [Grade II listed]
5 Castle Street [Grade II listed]
59-65 Castle Street [Draft Local List]
66-76 Castle Street [Draft Local List]
Chapel Street
Bethel Baptist Church [Draft Local List]
9 Chapel Street - The Griffin Public House [Grade II listed]
75-87 (odds) Chapel Street [Draft Local List]
George Street West
8 & 10 George Street West [Grade II listed]
11 George Street West [Grade II listed]
13, 15 & 17 George Street West [Grade II listed]
19 George Street West [Grade II listed]
Park Street
22 & 24 Park Street - The Brewery Tap Public House & The Pioneer Bookshop [Grade II listed]
Park Street West
11 & 13 Park Street West [Grade II listed]
15-19 Park Street West [Draft Local List]
21 & 23 Park Street West [Grade II listed]
25 Park Street West [Draft Local List]
27 & 29 Park Street West [Grade II listed]
31 & 33 Park Street West - 31-33 Park Street West [Draft Local List]
Union Street
3 Union Street [Draft Local List]
6 & 8 Union Street - 6-8 Union Street [Draft Local List]

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