July 19, 1871
To-morrow evening an elegant new place of worship erected by a thriving body of the New Connexion Methodists, in Breckfield-road North, and at the head of St. Domingo-vale, will be opened for Divine worship. The congregation which will occupy the new chapel originally met in a building erected on the site of the premises in rear of St. John’s Market now used as an office for the adjustment of weights and measures.
On those premises being required by the corporation, the amount paid as compensation was spent in the purchase of a chapel in Hotham-street, which subsequently passed into other hands, and acquired an unenviable reputation. On leaving Hotham-street the congregation repaired to Bevington-hill, but finding that the building there used for public worship was badly situated, they resolved to build a new chapel at the entrance to St. Domingo-vale.
An excellent site having been obtained, capacious schoolrooms, suitable as a temporary place of worship, or for the instruction of the young, were built, and formally opened on the 29th of May last. On the completion of the schools, the chapel was proceeded with. The memorial stone was laid by Mr. James Wade, on the 12th September, and the work has since been steadily carried on to completion. The cost of chapel and schools, including the site of land and adjoining house, was about £6,800. Of this amount, £2,000 remains on mortgage, to be gradually cleared off, and about £600 is wanted to make up the remainder.
The buildings – which have been erected by Mr. Cheetham, of Watmough-street, Everton-crescent, Liverpool, from designs furnished by Messrs. Hill and Swan, architects, of Leeds and Sheffield – have an elegant external appearance, and internally they are replete with everything which can contribute to the comfort of the worshippers. An organ, constructed by Messrs. Gray and Davison, is placed in a gallery behind the pulpit.
The style of architecture adopted for the new chapel is the geometrical gothic of the thirteenth century. The exterior is faced with red sandstone from the neighbourhood, relieved with dressings of Stourton stone to windows, doorways, plinths, and strings. The west front has a lofty gable, pierced with a three-light window, the head being filled with beautiful tracery. On either side of this window is a single-light window, with the head filled in with tracery. These windows are filled with stained glass. Under these windows is the principal entrance to the chapel.
Another entrance is also provided in the front, which leads to the gallery of the chapel, as well as through a lobby into the body of the chapel. At the north-west corner of the chapel is a tower in two stages, in which is an entrance from the side street to the body of the chapel, as well as to the gallery. The tower is surmounted by an octagon lantern and spire, rising to the height of 120 feet from the ground. Each entrance to the chapel has a double set of doors to prevent draught.
The chapel comprises two side galleries and one end gallery; a gallery behind the pulpit is also provided for an organ and choir. The side elevation of the chapel is divided into bays by means of large buttresses; in each bay is a two-light window filled in with quatrefoil, &c.
The roof of the chapel is of a novel construction, formed of open laminated arched ribs, springing from stone corbels, and spanning the whole width of the chapel, thus obviating the objectionable necessity for piers and archers, yet producing an interior at once characteristic of a place of Christian worship and pleasing in its effect, and the acoustic properties will no doubt be exceedingly good. The whole of the spars are dressed, and celling across at the level of the collar beams. The seats are of uniform character throughout, and the whole are stained and varnished. The pulpit is of pitch pine, and of good designs.
On a level with the chapel floor, and communicating direct with the chapel, is the schoolroom, capable of accommodating 300 children. The schoolroom has an open timber roof, and is well lighted by large, handsome windows, and by star lights suspended from the ceiling. Under this schoolroom are an infants’ schoolroom and three classrooms, with commodious entrances from the street. Underneath the vestry, which is under the orchestra, is a kitchen, fitted up with copper, &c. The chapel is to be warmed by means of hot water, and it will be lighted by two handsome coronas, with brackets under the gallery.
A series of services will be held during the week, and on Monday next a public meeting will take place in the schoolroom.
(Liverpool Mercury: July 19, 1871)