Penponds (Christian Bible 1844) Methodist Church.
Penponds, is a pretty little village on the outskirts of its industrial and bigger neighbour Camborne. At one end of the village close to the school and road to near neighbour Barripper, is Trevithicks Cottage, once the home to the high pressure steam and rail engine inventor, Richard Trevithick.
This little chapel stands almost butted up to one of two railway arches of the main line from Paddington to Penzance, which crosses to the north side of the village. The chapel is dwarfed by the embankment, but towers over two tiny fronted cottages, with tiny Windows (albeit now extended at the rear).
It is at present, unoccupied, and there is planning permission to convert to a dwelling, which will effect its interior and roof line. Visible through the magnificent front sash windows (18 panes in each) it is possible to see the back of the stairs and balcony. There is moulding pattern, which could have been ignored when built as it faces a wall…but no!…. love and care was taken even though hidden.
The main door is quite wide, suitable for two people or ladies with large skirts. It has delicate mouldings carved in and a lovely door handle.
I have included the grade listing description below which includes post code etc.
I have yet to do any research but thought this would be a start.
Listed Grade 2
CAMBORNE CHURCH ROAD
SW 63 NW
7/32 (west side)
Penponds Methodist Church
Bible Christians Chapel, now Methodist church. Dated 1844 in gable. Gabled
facade of snecked killas with granite quoins, sides and rear of slobbered
and painted uncoursed rubble; slate roof. Small building, rectangular in
plan, gable to road. Two storeys; the gabled facade has 2 tall round-
headed 18-pane sashed windows with radiating glazing bars, and painted
brick heads, and above and between these a granite datestone inscribed
The south side has a gabled porch offset to the right, with a doorway in
its front (right-hand side) wall and a lancet in its gable wall; attached to
the chapel wall in front of the porch, a wooden notice board in the form
of an Ionic aedicule with fluted colonettes and open pediment with egg-
and-dart decoration; to the rear of the porch, 2 tall 18-pane sashed
windows. The north side wall has 2 similar windows in opposed positions.
Continued to the rear and on a slightly lower level is a small Sunday
School which has a doorway in its south side and one 4-pane sashed
window in each side. Interior: small, and little altered: gallery at east end
supported by 2 cast-iron Tuscan columns, with ornamental iron openwork
balustrade, reached by a 1/4-turn staircase at the south end; basket-arched
choir gallery at east end (with added organ on this, originally hand-pumped
and pump handle still in situ); rostrum with turned balusters; benches with
painted oval metal numbers on the ends, and umbrella brackets; small
Sunday School room into which the raked rear end of the choir gallery
projects, supported by 2 iron columns. A simple building redolent of its
period. Listing NGR: SW6356339248