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Report - Higham Ferrers (Hope)Methodist Church, Northants (Revisited) Feb14

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by The devil child, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. The devil child

    The devil child 28DL Regular User
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    Right so i found this place back in September last year and checked it out only armed with a camera phone i knew a revisit was on the cards later on when armed with the nikon and tripod :D Being 6 months since my last visit it was good to see that only a hand full of people had been in since a bit more childish damage had been caused, a few splorers have been here too but apart from that it was pretty much the same as before. The decay here is getting worse the floors in places are completely rotten the ceilings in some of the smaller rooms are next to nothing now and the pigeons have took it over but putting them things aside this building and its interior woodwork and stonework is lovely dating back to as early as 1902 when the build commenced, I got the builder wrong in my last report but now i have found out a bit more solid info with thanks to the victorian society, Here is some history from the victorian society website

    Built in 1902-3 by Northampton architect Thomas Dyer, the Hope Methodist Church is a striking landmark on Higham Ferrers' High Street. Marked out in East Northamptonshire Council's own Conservation Area Appraisal as a building of merit, the church, which is notable for its exuberantly Gothic west end, has a powerful presence in its historically significant surroundings.

    ‘The Hope Methodist Church is a landmark building of considerable importance,' said David Garrard, Historic Churches Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘The concentration of detail on its west front and the way it is set back from the street on rising ground make it particularly striking. It adds a great deal to the High Street.'

    Yet the historic and architectural importance of Hope Methodist Church has not been enough to dissuade its owners from drawing up plans to demolish the building and erect a new church and community centre on the site. This, despite government planning policy guidance that the demolition of conservation area buildings should only be considered after all reasonable efforts have been made to keep the building in use, as well as the Council's draft Management Plan recommending that the building be locally listed.

    ‘The demolition plans are very blinkered,' continued Mr Garrard. ‘Here we have a handsome historic building which could be kept in use if its owners had the will. Surveys show that the church is structurally sound and by no means as dilapidated as has been suggested. It is certainly not beyond repair.' He added: ‘The loss of the church would be wasteful, counter to government guidance and very damaging to this historically sensitive area, particularly as its replacement is squat and shed-like and shares none of the historic building's positive qualities. We urge East Northamptonshire Council to save Higham Ferrers from this and throw the plans out.'

    Visited with Dogtown early one Saturday before our Mi5 covert operation :thumb

    Found a few old pictures of it so added them to the report

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    May i say the pics are of 2 visits the 1st was 2 weeks back on a sunny day and another yesterday early in the morning when it was wet windy dark and cold :)

    Thanks for looking T.D.C :thumb
     
    #1 The devil child, Feb 16, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014

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