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Church of St Stephen, Kensington and Chelsea

Description: Church of St Stephen

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 203800

OS Grid Reference: TQ2619078979
OS Grid Coordinates: 526190, 178979
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4957, -0.1836

Location: Southwell Gardens, Kensington, Greater London SW7 4RB

Locality: Kensington and Chelsea
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW7 4RB

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Listing Text

The following building:-


46/20 Church of St Stephen

- II

shall be upgraded to Grade II* (star) and the entry shall be amended to read:

Church. 1866-7, designed by Joseph Peacock. Octagonal north-east vestry, passage behind east end
and south-east chapel added by H R Gough 1887. Chancel recast 1903-8 by G F Bodley and
Walter Tapper. Coursed Bargate stone (Yorkshire parpoints to 1887 additions), with Bath stone
dressings. Slate roof. Transitional but eclectic Gothic style, with many individual features. Nave
and lean-to aisles, double transepts broadening out of aisles, and further short transepts north and
south of choir. North-west tower planned but not built. Tracery of unusual patterns throughout,
with rose windows over long lancets in east end and choir transepts as well as over two very long
windows at west end. Clerestory of irregular design. Deep entrance porch at west end of north
aisle. Interior has nave of six bays with arcade of Pennant stone columns, Bath stone arches and
polychromatic brick wall surfaces, all now painted. Timber roof to nave of braced Queen post type. Pews by
Peacock. Chancel wholly recast by Bodley and Tapper. Tall reredos by Bodley with gilded
wooden figures carved by Bridgeman of Lichfield; organ loft on north side, 1905-6; black and
white marble paving by Bodley and Tapper; rood by Tapper, 1908. Also by Tapper, St Stephen's
Chapel under organ, 1913. Equivalent chapel on north side by Sir Charles Nicholson, 1936. Font
under west windows by Peacock, now surrounded by choir stalls by Tapper and with tall inter-war
canopy. Stained glass of variable quality, but including good west windows by Mayer of Munich,
1881. Much in aisles by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake.
One of the best remaining churches by the 'rogue' Victorian architect, Joseph Peacock; 'tamed by
other hands' (Goodhart-Rendel) but with a richness of added interest rather than loss of effect.
Sources: Survey of London, vol.42, 1986, pp.384-7.


Church of St Stephen


Church. 1865. Peacock. Rubblestone, ashlar, and slate pitched roof to eaves. Free
Geometrical/Decorated style. Tall nave, low aisles, low chancel, lower transepts.
Chapels to south-east and north-east, the latter octagonal with wooden lantern, low
vestry between. Coupled chapels off nave to north and south. North-west entrance with
triangular window over and bellcote. North transpet similar, with low arcaded porch
and central buttress. Clerestory of lancets and also triangles. Wilful and original
massing and details.

Listing NGR: TQ2619078979

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Source: English Heritage

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