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All Saints Pastoral Centre, Including Chapel, London Colney

Description: All Saints Pastoral Centre, Including Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 June 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 163659

OS Grid Reference: TL1750002827
OS Grid Coordinates: 517500, 202827
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7119, -0.3007

Location: London Colney, Hertfordshire AL2 1AF

Locality: London Colney
Local Authority: St Albans City Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL2 1AF

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Listing Text

(west side)

13/125 All Saints Pastoral
Centre, including Chapel
23.6.72 (formerly listed as All Saints
Convent and Convent Chapel).

Pastoral centre, begun 1899 as an Anglican cnvent. Leonard
Stokes, architect. Chapel begun 1927 by Sir Ninian Comper and
finished 1964 by his son Sebastian Comper, following original
designs. Main building is red and mauve brick with stone and
brick horizontal banding. Stone slate roof. Free neo-Tudor
style. 2 storeys and attics. Large square entrance tower near
centre of elevation is 3 storeys. Chamfered and buttressed angle
bastions; broad battlemented parapet. Stone-carved centre piece
to tower crowned by wide eaves. Figured stone frieze above the
door depicting nativity. 1st and 2nd floor window bands with
concave heads. Door with carved arch and spandrels. Roughly
symmetrical flanking wings, 6 windows each; slightly lower 4-
window range on left; on right end a single storey hall with 7
lancets and an oriel bay. All windows are stone-dressed Tudor
style casements, mullioned and transomed to ground floor,
mullioned on upper floor. 2-5 lights. Hipped attic dormers in
pairs and fours. The hall has Perpendicular style windows
separated by heavy buttresses rising through eaves. Behind the
front is a large square cloistered court. Ground floor windows
with semicircular traceried heads. Upper floor with shallow
canted oriels on alternate bays, their parapets carried through
eaves. Hipped dormers. Buttressed ground floor. Continuous
drip moulds. Rear elevation is symmetrical with projecting
gabled end pavilions. Wide traceried semicircular recess to
central door. Flanking end walls with battlemented stair towers.
On far angle of service court to left is a chimney treated as an
Italian campanile with wide eaves; stone blank recesses beneath
eaves. The chapel projects on the left front. Light mauve
brick. Stone dressings. Resembling Kings College Chapel,
Cambridge, in outline, it has 6 pointed-arch windows in a mixture
of Early English and Perpendicular styles. Buttresses between
rising to crocketed finials. 7-light E window surmounted by
gable and crocketed niche. 3 bays on E, together with single-
storey N aisle, were finished by Sir Ninian Comper. Interior of
chapel is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance detail. White-
painted. 6-bay ribbed quadripartite vault. Lady Chapel on SE,
joined to chancel by continuous moulded arches. Over altar is a
gilded wood baldacchino of 4 Corinthian columns supporting an
open crocketed ogee canopy. Choir stalls have Tuscan colonnades
in of Gothic style panelling. At E end the gilded and traceried
organ is carried on a Tuscan gallery. Tree of Jesse glass in E
window. Interior of great hall at N end of building shows a 7-
bay arch-braced collar roof, and on W wall 2 bolection-moulded
fireplaces either side of moulded stone archway to kitchen. At
the N end of the building a single storey loggia connects with
Voluntary Mission Movement building (q.v.). (Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL1750002827

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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