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Description: Railings to Former Burial Ground of Christchurch
Date Listed: 10 November 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 199503
OS Grid Reference: TQ3197281373
OS Grid Coordinates: 531972, 181373
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5159, -0.0994
627/0/D1 GREYFRIARS PASSAGE EC1
10-NOV-77 RAILINGS TO FORMER BURIAL GROUND OF CH
C18 railings, including corner piers, gate and gate piers, to the former burial ground of Christchurch. Some C20 modifications.
MATERIALS: Cast-iron railings set into low rendered wall with stone coping. Corner and gate piers of tuck-pointed red brick, with stone bases and caps.
EXTERIOR: The railings are composed of square-section bars joined with a flat horizontal top bar. Short pointed intermediary uprights are held by a low horizontal bar running along the back of the railings. The vertical bars have simple pointed heads and principal bars have urn finials; the latter are grouped in fours, arranged around a central bar with scrolled finial. The central double gates terminate in a flat bar at top and bottom. Above the gates a decorative scrolled head spans the gateway. A row of decorative cast-iron spikes spans across the top of the gate piers and gateway. There is a glazed bracket-mounted lamp on each corner pier.
Modern railings form the remainder of the burial ground boundary and are not of interest.
HISTORY: The railings form part of the boundary of the former burial ground of Christchurch, 1677-91, by Christopher Wren. The church was largely destroyed by bombing in 1940; the remains are listed Grade I.
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:
The C18 railings to the former burial ground of Christchurch are listed at Grade II for the following principal reason:
* Group value: the railings form a strong historic and visual relationship with the Grade I listed remains of Christchurch.
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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