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Church of St Lawrence, Harrow

Description: Church of St Lawrence

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 202204

OS Grid Reference: TQ1855891329
OS Grid Coordinates: 518558, 191329
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6083, -0.2893

Location: 11 Saint Lawrence Close, Edgware HA8 6RB

Locality: Harrow
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: HA8 6RB

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Listing Text

In the entry for
Church of Saint Lawrence
(formerly listed under

The second line of part 2 on page 83 should be amended to read
"and Christian graces (south side). The nave ceiling has arches painted as if"


Church of Saint Lawrence
(formerly listed under

TQ 1891 9/13 21.9.51


Early C16. West tower. Flint rubble with dressed stone quoins. Brick crenellations.
The main body of the church was rebuilt for the Duke of Chandos by John James 1714-16.
Unassuming brick exterior with undecorated stone arched windows and broad Tuscan
corner pilasters. The interior is lavishly painted in a continental Baroque manner.
At the west end is a gallery built to seat the Duke and his family with a wide arched,
semi-domed centre section. The nave has an elliptical barrel vault and opens
without a break into the choir. At the east end is the retro-choir which is
dominated by the curved wooden organ case and its flanking paintings. The opening,
to the retro-choir is framed by finely carved pairs of columns and pilasters in antis
surmounted by a broken cornice and segmental pediment. Both this woodwork and the
organ case are attributed to Grinling Gibbons. The complete painting scheme is by
Laguerre, with the exception of the Nativity and Pieta on the east wall and the
transfiguration in the gallery which are attributed to Bellucci. The walls are
painted with trompe l'oeil niches with figures of the Evangelists (north side)
and Christain graces (south side). The nave ceiling has arches painted as if
coffered dividing it into eight panels depicting the miracles and teaching of
Christ. In the ceiling above the choir is an adoration of God represented by
the name YAVEH in Hebrew, characters in the centre of a blaze of light. Other sur-
viving original features include the box pews and decorative ironwork.
Attached to the church on the north side is the Chandos Mausoleum decorated in a
classical trompe l'oeil style by Brunetti. Sculptured monument to the 1st Duke
on west wall (attributed to Grinling Gibbons) with a figure of the Duke bewigged
and dressed as a Roman in centre separated by plain pilasters from his two wives,
Mary and Cassandra who are kneeling on either side. Two monuments on south
wall one a black sarcophagus placed against a white pyramid to Mary wife of the
1st Marquess of Carnarvon (died 1738) by Sir Henry Cheeve and the other a large
white sarcophagus with curved fluted ends to Margaret, Marchioness of Carnarvon
who died in 1760. Other C18 monuments in base of tower.

Listing NGR: TQ1669392625

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Source: English Heritage

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