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Ceylon Baptist Church and Hall

Address : Wellington Street, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0890621057

Site Status : Grade II listed

Statutory List Description : The chapel was built in 1848, refronted 1886 and with church hall added to rear in 1908, architect Barnes. The chapel of 1848 is of 3 bays, red brick with rubber brick dressings to large pointed arch panels containing tall 3 light Y tracery side windows. Moulded string to frieze and moulded brick parapet cornice. Three bay buttressed screen front of 1886 when the church was slightly lengthened. Darker red brick with stone dressings. The buttresses are surmounted by tall slender stone pinnacles with crocket finials. Parapets over flanking bays, steep gable with coping crocket finial over large panel traceried central window. Central doorway, moulded 3 centred arch panelled spandrels, dropped hood mould. Two light windows to flanking bays with similar tracery details. The church interior is as furnished in the 1880s with curved corner gallery with serpentine front decorated cast iron balustrade; pews, pulpit desk and organ all good joinery and turned work of this date. Barnes's addition of the church hall in 1908 is a competent Arts and Crafts perpendicular essay with a broad gabled west front coped with shaped kneelers and with hall lit by large 7 light panel traceried window on first floor. Red brick with stone dressings and band courses. Freely handled curved ogee theme to window leads and tracery. The broad hall window is flanked by shallow banded buttresses breaking through gable with shaped stone copings and openwork. Arts and Crafts iron finials. Two storey annexe to north projecting with splayed entrance return, same window type; flat eaves on wrought iron brackets. South side elevation has 7 bays of tall 3 light Perp derived first floor windows, plain ground floor. Leadwork to down pipes. Interior has offices and rooms on ground floor with main hall on first floor; a substantial 7 bay hall running the length of the building. Hammerbeam timber with wrought iron centre tier, pitch pine matchboarding. Lively colours to Arts and Crafts stained glass in pseudo cartouche and floral patterns. Dado panelling capped by band of blue-green ceramic initialled donor tiles.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

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Francis Frith photo, 1897 - a photo from 1897 on the Francis Frith website which shows the Ceylon Baptist Church.

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 Ceylon Baptist Church and Hall and are all within about 100 metres :

King Street
28 King Street [Draft Local List]
Stuart Street
24 Stuart Street [Draft Local List]
Wellington Street
Railings Fronting Hall of Ceylon Baptist Church [Grade II listed]
Railings Fronting Ceylon Baptist Church [Grade II listed]
54-58 Wellington Street - Public House [Draft Local List]
85 Wellington Street [Draft Local List]
93 Wellington Street [Grade II listed]

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