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1885 - St Andrew's United Reformed Church - Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 53.790 W 002° 04.886
30U E 563204 N 5749925
Quick Description: St Andrew's is located on the north west side of Montpellier Street at the junction with Fauconberg Road in Cheltenham.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 4:55:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMKFBA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:

A cornerstone on the building is inscribed:

This stone was laid by
Charles Wilson Esq
September 29th1895

"Communi presbyterorum concilio ecclesite
gubernabantur"  Jerome Comm Tit

Thomas Arnold ARIBA Architect
William Jones Builders

The church is Grade II listed with the entry at the English Heritage website telling us:

Church and church hall. 1885-6. For the Congregation from 'Cheltenham Chapel' (Presbyterian). Architect, Thomas Arnold; builder, William Jones. Rusticated stone with plain tile roof; interior of gault brick with ashlar and red brick dressings. Gothic Revival in Early English style with plate tracery.

PLAN: 3-bay nave with transepts, 1-shallow-bay chancel and 3-stage, north-west tower with octagonal spire.

EXTERIOR: nave has 2-light windows with Decorated-type tracery to heads. Gabled roof dormers. Transepts have 2 cusped lights and rose window to gable. Entrance to west end: steps to double, panelled doors with tooled frieze and carved foliage in tympanum within surround with 2 orders of arches on slender columns with foliate caps. To wither side at west end are single lights with quatrefoils to heads, to next stage a 4-light, pointed window and quatrefoil at apex of gable. Tower breaks forwards, buttresses with off-sets; pair of windows at ground floor, first stage has cusped light, 2-light window to second stage and quatrefoil above. Church hall across east end of Church has two 2-light lancet windows and entrance, panelled double doors in surround with one order of arches.

INTERIOR: aisleless nave and chancel. Balcony to west end has pierced parapet. Pointed double-chamfered chancel arch on corbel columns with foliate capitals. Hammer-beam roof with decorated arch braces. West gallery with a pierced front. White marble tablets, by DA Bond and Lewis of Cheltenham. Church hall: simple roof on pilasters with carved capitals. The Church spire makes a good contribution to the townscape of the area and forms an eye-catcher for Queen's Circus (qv).

Year of construction: 1885

Full inscription:
See the detailed description.

Cross-listed waymark: Not listed

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