Leicester, Belgrave Road/Rothley Street, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall and Mantle Memorial School, , Leicestershire

This large building was designed by local architect, Arthur Wakeley. The school facing Rothley Street opened in 1897 and the chapel fronting onto Belgrave Road in 1899. Perhaps the strangest thing about this building is the statue above the pediment. Statues on Methodist buildings are rare and this one seems quite out of place in an otherwise plain classical design. In 1940 the chapel had seating for 830 on chairs and there were three schoolrooms and fifteen other rooms. The chapel closed in 1974 and in 1977 the City Council acquired the building and converted it into a neighbourhood centre.

Sources

Methodist Accommodation returns, 1940

Public interpretation plaque

Site visit 30.8.2018

Leicester, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall, facade (i), 30.08.2018
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Leicester, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall, ghost of the original name, 30.08.2018
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South side
Leicester, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall, school, 30.08.2018
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Leicester, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall, plaque above school, 30.08.2018
Leicester, Belgrave Wesleyan Hall, interpretation board, 30.08.2018
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Statue above pediment

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