1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Hope Methodist Church - Higham Ferrers - Aug 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by unplugged, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. unplugged

    unplugged 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2013
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    1
    History
    Yoinked from Prof Shadow ;)

    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. 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.
    It was opened officially in 1905 costing £5,200 to build. The Rev. Charles H. Kelly conducted the Opening Dedication Service and in the afternoon the Rev. H. Howard May conducted a Young People’s Service. The first boy to be Christened in the new Church was H.E Bates.
    In 1922 The Pipe organs were installed and unlocked.
    In 1960 the boilers were converted from coke to oil burning for a price of £374.
    In 1986 The 81 year old wooden spire was removed from the top of the tower because it was leaning and the timbers were rotting. On top of the 24ft spire had been a 6ft weathervane.
    The Rev. Alan Taplin preached 50 sponsored sermons from 9.00am to 1.40pm and raised £1,320 towards the cost of the new extension.
    In 1988 Lightning struck the Church Hall causing the chimney to crash through the roof of the Guild Room.
    In 1989 Church and Hall rewired and decorated. New lighting was installed. Raunds joined the Higham Ferrers Circuit.
    In 1991 Asbestos cladding was removed from the boilers at a cost of £1,495 and the kitchen was refurbished.
    In 1992 A major leak in the hot water heating system to the Church cost £4,800 to repair.
    In 1996 The Youth Club was restarted. A new amplifier and loop system was installed in the Church at a cost of £2,406.
    In 2003 The Rushden and Higham Ferrers Circuit amalgamated with Wellingborough and became the Nene Valley Circuit. Superintendent Minister: the Rev. Gordon Chisnall. The Administration Office for the new Circuit was located at Park Road.
    In 2004 Rushden and Higham Ferrers Churches joined together to form one Church. Unfortunatley this meant closure for New Hope Methodist Church.

    HFWesleyan-Church.gif

    The Explore
    Explored with Lone Shadow. Entrance was surprisingly discreet and easy (for me anyway) a bit of tunneling and deep excavation was required for LS but nothing too hairy.

    The building is split into two with the main church at the front and a sports/creche/hall at the back. The building is slowly falling apart at the back but the church itself is relatively intact and the stain glass windows are still there in 90% of it and not bricked out or boarded up so there was still plenty to see among the rot.

    The building now is home to 70% of Highams Feral Pigeon population and the things swoop around on mass above your head like bats. Explorers will want to don face and head protection if taking up the challenge ;)

    1. Exterior Front
    14753476268_cd83d9fba4_c.jpg

    2. Exterior Side
    14939733472_aaa540d944_c.jpg

    3. Rear Hall
    14753549039_e59c43f959_c.jpg

    4. Kitchen
    14917222776_f08d8bd69a_c.jpg

    5. Kitchen
    14939856282_826bfae830_c.jpg

    6. Hall Windows
    14753664957_6d8c97089a_c.jpg

    7. The Gun Cabinet
    14940200905_4bd8fa92b7_c.jpg

    8. A Side Office
    14940195105_589df4781c_c.jpg

    9. Explosive Diarrhea?
    14753514039_653032a044_c.jpg

    10. Piano
    14939826722_b0f27937fb_c.jpg

    11. Piano
    14753444990_b7ee69db8c_c.jpg

    12. Piano
    14917114206_34f7c92529_c.jpg

    13. The Organ
    14937098471_b7bc2b438b_c.jpg

    14. The Organ
    14753631617_0ea22c7402_c.jpg

    15. Some Interior Decoration
    14753564498_ee9c0eaea4_c.jpg

    16. What's Left
    14753544238_30a5dcfcd9_c.jpg

    17. Secret Garden
    14917154616_d65de72bbb_c.jpg

    18. The Church
    14937093301_f8b1014e77_c.jpg

    19. The Stage
    14937088871_53c10a516c_c.jpg

    20. The Gallery from Below
    14917171036_7b4a79eeec_c.jpg

    21. Some old Hymn Books
    14753599227_4239be6516_c.jpg

    22. The Gallery Left
    14939780202_719215e57d_c.jpg

    23. And Right
    14940141645_17eb0495b6_c.jpg

    24. View from the Gallery
    14939774332_6b9707bc18_c.jpg

    25. Entrance
    14753579537_2f06ca2ac9_c.jpg

    26. Entrance
    14939766702_1d9d680806_c.jpg

    27. Main Doors
    14917159256_4cf5fbd671_c.jpg
     

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. The Lone Shadow

    The Lone Shadow Industrial Fanatic!
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    304
    Likes Received:
    116
    Nice report and great pictures :thumb Lets just say the taller and stockier explorer will be fine upon entry now after a bombastic one from me :D

    The Lone Shadow
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    1,446
    Nice ones :thumb

    Certainly didn"t expect it to be so trashed from the exterior pics.....bloody pigeons lol
     
  4. 550D

    550D 28DL Member
    28DL Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've sent you a direct message, hopefully you can help me out?
     
  5. Oxygen Thief

    Oxygen Thief Admin
    Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Messages:
    5,208
    Likes Received:
    1,489
    Home Page:
    Sad to see the glass smashed up, and the foundation stones awaiting their fate. I can only guess there are war memorials etc in there as well.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in