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High Town Methodist Church

Address : High Town Road, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0935421842

Site Status : Grade II listed

Conservation Area : This is in the High Town conservation area

Statutory List Description : Church dated 1897, in simple neo-classical style with Byzantine overtones, and large Baroque cupola topping left hand bay. Luton grey bricks with red brick and stone dressings, Welsh slate roof with crested ridge tiles. Two storeys and attics with three bay facade. The wide central bay is topped by a triangular pediment with three small arched louvred windows. The first floor has a large arched window with a small keystone and geometric glazing bars in the arch. Stone cill band going across all three bays. Ground floor has double arched doorways with stone keystones, and divided by double pilasters. The smaller side bays are treated similarly, having brick parapets with stone and moulded brick cornice bands. To either side of each is a full height brick pilaster decorated near the top with a moulded brick pediment over an arched niche with stone cill band. To the first floor between the pilasters is a semi-circular arched window of paired round headed lights with roundel above. Cill band continues around pilasters. The ground floor has a brick moulded band above two light casements in stone surrounds. The left hand bay has an extra half storey with a repeat in stone of the pediment motif found on the pilasters at first floor level. Between the pilasters is a circular window. Above them are small stone octagonal domes in the Byzantine manner flanking the stone cupola which has three arched louvred openings to each side, corner pilasters, eaves cornice, ribbed leaded roof surmounted by small octagonal leaded turret and weathervane. South side has semi-apsidal east end and turret attached. Brick eaves, nine bay elevation. Each bay in shallow recess containing one window each floor: upper is round headed with red brick arch, paired round headed lights with roundel above; stone cill band; lower has segmental head with keystone in red brick.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

Site Location (OS map and aerial view)

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External Links

Bing Maps view - an angled aerial view centred on the current site, which is marked with a blue dot. Bing enables you to move round and view all four sides of the building (n.b. when viewing from other angles, the blue dot may not always indicate the correct building).

High Town Methodist Church - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

High Town Methodist Church - the official High Town Methodist Church website.

High Town Road in General - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives 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 High Town Methodist Church and are all within about 200 metres :

Dudley Street
1-5 Dudley Street [Draft Local List]
4 Dudley Street [Draft Local List]
Havelock Road
11-21 Havelock Road [Draft Local List]
High Town Road
High Town Methodist Church Hall [Grade II listed]
The Painters Arms Public House [Grade II listed]
Gates, Dwarf Wall And Railings To High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
Bollard [Draft Local List]
2 High Town Road [Draft Local List]
5 High Town Road [Draft Local List]
48 & 48A High Town Road [Draft Local List]
70 High Town Road - Former Co-op [Draft Local List]
Midland Road
Red Telephone Box [Draft Local List]
Station House [Draft Local List]
102 Midland Road [Draft Local List]
Wenlock Street
Church of St Matthew [Grade II listed]

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