Originally founded in 1660 as Tiverton Independent Chapel, St Peter Street, the chapel was rebuilt in 1831 and became Tiverton Congregational Chapel during the mid-twentieth century. On October 5, 1972, it became the United Reformed Church.
United Reformed Church
The United Reformed Church building, built in 1831, is now The Oak Room, a café, art gallery, and wedding venue. It is a Grade-II listed building in a conservation area, located on the west side of St Peter's Street near its junction with Angel Hill, immediately east of Exe Bridge.
The chapel is part of a larger complex of church buildings comprising the former manse (a house provided for a minister), to the south at the corner of Angel Hill; the Memorial Rooms, to the north of these; and the chapel on the northernmost part of the site.
Due to falling attendance and the high cost of repairs, the congregation sold the chapel in 2012. The church community has since united with the Methodists and now meets in another historic chapel in St Peter's Street.
The main auditorium on the ground floor is a large church hall with high ceilings and an oval gallery on all sides, supported by cast iron columns. At the back of the hall is a large ornate pipe organ that is still in working order. There is a kitchen near the entrance, and two former vestries with windows to the rear that could be used for therapy or other purposes.
Stairs lead to the lower ground floor, which has a large room with feature windows and stone and brick supporting arches. This room has been used as a café and seminar room and has a fully-fitted kitchen.
Location: United Reformed Church, 2c St Peter Street, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6NU
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