Following the article in Rye News, it appears that the Bethel Chapel in Military Road is not on the register of listed buildings maintained by Historic England, although the row of adjacent houses to either side are listed.
Rother’s appraisal adopted by the district council in 2006 includes the following assessment of Military Road and the Bethel Chapel:
“On the east side of this road north of the railway the streetscape is composed of collections of small crescents and terraces of petite houses of Georgian character, constructed of brick or render, under slate roofs with dormer windows. This is an ordered architecture, relying on rhythm, repetition and uniformity to create its special character, punctuated by the originality of the Bethel Chapel, which makes a distinctive contribution to the street scene.”
Clearly the structure is of historic interest and perhaps also architectural importance. Whilst the exterior is protected to some extent by the conservation area designation and its contribution to the setting of the attached grade II listed Spring Place terrace, its interior including historic furnishings associated with its use as a place of worship, has no heritage protection whatsoever.
The Rye Conservation Society is being urged to consider what action can be taken to conserve this structure.
Image Credits: Rye News library .