Coalville, Belvoir Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (i), Leicestershire

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OS 25inch, 1881/3 Leicestershire XXIII 4 'Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland National Library of Scotland - Map Images (nls.uk) '
OS 25inch, 1881/3 Leicestershire XXIII 4 'Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland National Library of Scotland - Map Images (nls.uk) '

Coalville, Belvoir Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (i) was built between 1851 and 1873 when it seated 140. It was situated opposite the northern end of Marlborough Street/Square. When the Wesleyans closed the chapel it was sold to Council which converted it into a public hall in which guise it appears on the OS map surveyed in 1881. This was a year before their new chapel opened and suggests that they had left this building in advance and were, perhaps using the school premises until the new chapel was ready. The building has been much altered by successive users but the façade still has some echoes of its original use. The roof line looks convincing and the ground floor openings with their prominent keystones could well be original. Do the recessed sections of the façade reflect the positions of original windows? The smaller building to the left cannot be shown with certainty to have been part of the chapel estate but it has a very chapel like appearance and some interesting architectural features. The map shows that like the Primitive Methodist chapel further up the road its footprint was roughly square, a common characteristic of early chapels. Like its neighbour, this building has extended keystones over the windows. The most unusual feature of this building is the way the walls between the windows have been treated as pillasters with chamfered corners and decorated capitals. Another notable feature is the corbelling below the roof.

The premises are now occupied as place of refreshment and entertainment by Emporium

Sources

OS 25inch, 1881/3 Leicestershire XXIII 4 ‘Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland National Library of Scotland – Map Images (nls.uk)

Site visit 22.10.2022Sources

Ashby de la Zouche Gazette, 18.2.1882

John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, Ashby de la Zouche Circuit 1873/511,

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