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Description: The Old Church
Date Listed: 27 August 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 163477
OS Grid Reference: TL1449407485
OS Grid Coordinates: 514494, 207485
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7544, -0.3427
TL 1407 SW VERULAM ROAD
575/8/151 St Albans
575/9/151A (Northeast side)
The Old Church
(Formerly listed as:
Former church, now offices. 1850-56. By Charles Parker for Alexander Raphael, M.P. Converted and extended 1980s. Ashlar, with asbestos slate roof replacing former Roman pantiles. Aisled nave with SW campanile; chancel with flanking vestries and crypt below; link passage to former vicarage at rear. Italianate in style, with shallow-pitched roofs, heavily bracketed eaves, round-arched windows and carved classical capitals.
Exterior: Campanile has corner piers and 3 stages defined by bracketed bands and heavy cornice. Lower stage contains double multi-panelled doors with APXW symbol carved in stone lunette above. Upper stages have triple-arched openings, the larger belfy lights with Corinthian capitals, the middle stage Tuscan to match similar clerestory windows. Bellcote at far end of nave. Aisles have 2-light windows in Italian Renaissance style with foliated capitals. Lower vestries have wide arches, that to south with C20 doors, the large triple-arched chancel windows showing above. 1980s extensions to rear and forming L-plan wing to south are partially below ground and terminate in broken ashlar gable with fully-glazed projecting bay.
Interior: Campanile has stone stairs to belfry, and multi-panelled inner doors. Nave has been partitioned into 3 storeys but retains 3-bay arcades on Ionic columns. The arch soffits carved with foliage panels, and the blind oculi above, are now concealed in attics over the aisles. Moulded plinths and arches to campanile and chancel. Chancel has wall piers with egg and dart capitals, Corinthian windows details and 1980s stair. Roof trusses, doubled over nave and chancel, have heavy cut brackets and bosses. Clear leaded glass, with 1880s stained glass only in central E light, all undergoing restoration July 2000.
History: Built to same design as St. Raphael, Surbiton, Surrey, previously erected 1846-7, also for Alexander Raphael. Intended as an R.C. church but completed for C.of E. by Mrs. Isabella Worley. Consecrated 1859. Later used by Methodists.
This building remains of special interest despite conversion because of its Italianate ashlar exterior and intact structure. It has group value with the former vicarage to the rear.
Listing NGR: TL1449407485
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Source: English Heritage
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