Centenary Methodist Church (Wesleyan), St Saviourgate, York. The architect Edward Taylor (1831-1908) was an active Methodist; he made additions to James Simpson's Centenary church of 1839-40, adding meeting rooms which are still in use today, accessed to the side of the impressive frontage with its "giant three-bay stone portico" (Pevsner and Neave 178). The black doorway and the big brick gable, seen above, belong to Taylor's substantial additions: the doorway opens into a corridor following the curve of the church on the left, giving access to a large hall, divisible into two still large halves, with several smaller meeting rooms on the right. Further round are parts now used as a breakfast room for the homeless.

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Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

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