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Description: 8, Bishopsgate Churchyard Ec2
Date Listed: 5 March 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 199321
OS Grid Reference: TQ3311981492
OS Grid Coordinates: 533119, 181492
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5167, -0.0829
BISHOPSGATE CHURCHYARD EC2
No 8 (Formerly listed as the
TQ 3381 SW 11/355 5.3.76.
Former turkish baths, recently listed as a restaurant. 1894-5 by S.
Harold Elphick for James Forder Nevill; late C20 alterations. Faience
tiles, terracotta and brick. Islamic style. Small rectangular building
with polygonal apse. Flat roof. Single storey with 2 main rooms below
ground level approached by stair in apse. Apse clad in faience tiles
being black at ground level, alternationg bands of cream and brown to
sill level and pale blue with a darker patterned frieze above. Eastern
window star-shaped; flanking windows (2 each side) lancets with shaped
heads; all set in terracotta with stained glass and linked by
continuous rich distended ogee woodmoulds. deep terracotta entablature
in elaborately ornate Islamic style which continues around the
building. Crowning the apse, a copper octagonal lantern with multifoil
stained glass lights and projecting bracketed cornice surmounted by
a coloured glass onion dome with metal star and crescent finial.
Entrance on the north side having an elaborately ornate Islamic style
terracotta doorcase with attached columns and multifoil arch. To the
right, a late C20 3-light window. Good and unusual Islamic style tiled
interior, lobby lined with ornate interlocking tiles, the design for
which was registered by Elphick; pink and white dado, green and white
above. Tiles continue down stairwell leading to lobby with tile framed
mirror and 2 main rooms both with ornate multi-coloured tiled pillars,
beams and cornices. One room with framed panels of interlocking tiles
with shallow niches having multifoil arches on chevron enriched
colonettes. Other room has tiled archway and panels of hand-painted
tiles. The baths remained in use until the 1950s. When built, the site
was extremely cramped (Broad Street House stood over much of the
baths) leaving only sufficient room for the small building above
ground. The ingenuity of the planning was praised in The Builder for
9 February 1892.
Listing NGR: TQ3311981492
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