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Church of St John with All Saints, Lambeth

Description: Church of St John with All Saints

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 204772

OS Grid Reference: TQ3113380093
OS Grid Coordinates: 531133, 180093
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5046, -0.1120

Location: Secker Street, Lambeth, Greater London SE1 8XR

Locality: Lambeth
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SE1 8XR

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Listing Text

In the entry for:-


779-0/1/1048 Church of St John
with All Saints


The description shall be amended to read:-

Parish church. 1823-4 by Francis Bedford. One of 4 churches in Lambeth in
Greek revival style, damaged in 2nd World War and with Festival of Britain
interior of 1951 by T F Ford. Body of church of stock brick with sandstone
dressings and spire and columns to portico in Portland stone. Nave and
chancel combined with pedimented portico at west end with 3 tier tower
ending in obelisk. West front of 2 storeys: 5 bays. 1st floor windows have
square paterae to surrounds and C20 metal panes. Ground floor has 5 doors
with 6 panelled doors in similar surrounds. Massive stone pediment with
frieze with 11 wreaths and 6 massive Portland stone columns. Square tower
of 3 diminishing stages above, clock to lowest stage, round-headed louvred
bell openings in Ionic Order above with antefixae at corners, then open
Doric stage with antefixae at corners with plinth surmounted by obelisk
with ball finial and copper cross and plinth containing anthemion design
panels and antefixae. Sides continue frieze with wreaths. 1st floor has 6
sashes with C20 small pane metal casements. Cambered windows to ground
floor. Deep stone plinth. C20 yellow brick pavilions with stone pediments
attached to each side. East end has pediment with circular window. Central
tall east window flanked by 2 bricks. Underneath are a central rectangular
blank and 2 cambered windows. Internally of the 1823-4 phase remain the
west gallery on 4 Doric columns (before the war damage the gallery was on
3 sides) the mahogany organ case of 1824 by J C Bishop, clock and 5 rows
of pews in the organ gallery. The 2 curved stone staircases in the west
pediment survive. The font is an elaborate C18 marble non-shaped example
with putti forming handles and gadrooned font cover. The reredos contains
remains of the original marble altarpiece. The rest of the interior was
remodelled by T F Ford in 1951 to form the church for the Festival of
Britain in a Neo-Georgian Style employing an anthemion motif similar to the
original interior. Ceiling of 5 panels with water-lily paterae. Anthemion
frieze to cornice with pilasters. Side windows have balconettes. Vestry and
S.E. chapel have curved corners and anthemion motif. 2 unusual 2 decker
pulpits with flat canopy and curved steps. The most striking fittings of
1951 are the alter painting (Adoration of the Shepherds) and panel over
east window (crucifixion) by Hans Fielbusch.
[See Pevsner B.O.E. South London P 335]


1. (east side)

Church of St John with
All Saints
(formerly listed as
Church of St John the
TQ 3180 1/1048 19.10.51


1823-4 by Francis Bedford. Simple Greek revival building of 2 storeys. Five-bay
front has massive pedimented Doric portico with square tower above. Clock in
lowest stage, bell-openings in Ionic order above, then an open stage crowned by
obelisk. Antefixae at all angles of tower. Main block of stock brick; tower
and entablature of sandstone; columns of Portland stone. First floor cill band
on which rest windows with small leaded glazing in simple moulded architraves.
Below these, double doors in similar architraves. Six bay returns with similar
windows above; short, segment-headed ones below.

Listing NGR: TQ3113380093

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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