Wesley Centre

The building was erected in 1811 to a design by the Revd William Jenkins, one of John Wesley’s itinerant preachers who combined preaching with chapel design.

About this church

The narrow vestibule area has a tessellated floor and original staircases rise to the gallery on each side. Here, a Victorian stained glass screen was erected in 1866. A further glazed inner screen was added beyond this in the 1990s renovations.

The choir areas, the organ, pulpit, and sanctuary areas have seen the most change during the current life of the building. The common form pitch pine panelled box pews and their platforms on the ground floor, were a later addition to the building, installed in 1866, replacing the original bench seating and a number of high back pews. The pews, which have mahogany cappings have a straight back, and are uncomfortable for long periods of sitting, even with the addition of cushions. A number of these still contain the hat hooks of 1866. Prmission has been granted for these pews to be removed, bar the retention of two gently curved examples to be relocated under the windows at each side.

The gallery box pews are original to the 1811 building. They are similar in design to the ground floor pews, although the seats have a raked back. Seen in their completeness, the gallery pews create an aesthetic architectural form of their own and remain an important contributor to the heritage of the building.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café within 500m

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