Darlington Street Methodist Church in Wolverhampton

Grade II*-listed – 1900-01 – Arthur Marshall.

This impressive Baroque style church in Wolverhampton City Centre Conservation Area is a significant local landmark with its copper dome and twin west towers. The interior has vaulted ceilings with richly ornamented plasterwork, as well as original gallery seating. It also features an organ by Nicholson & Co of Worcester. Worship ended in 2019 followed by other functions in the large basement and adjacent halls and schoolrooms, leaving the building vacant. Security is a serious concern – there was a fire in the halls in 2014. The condition is poor and deteriorating with leaking roofs, failing rainwater goods, signs of dry rot – and in places structural cracking. This irreplaceable building faces a bleak future as efforts to find a purchaser have failed.

Griff said:‘To have such a wonderful building in such a state in the centre of Wolverhampton sends out a terrible message. Too often this leads to accusations of buildings becoming an eyesore. Surely a community can be found for this stunning building that has long served the people of Wolverhampton? The council should take enforcement action to prevent further deterioration.’

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