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Church of All Saints, Margate

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 February 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 356547

OS Grid Reference: TR3444670293
OS Grid Coordinates: 634446, 170293
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3832, 1.3679

Location: All Saints Avenue, Margate, Kent CT9 5QS

Locality: Margate
Local Authority: Thanet District Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: CT9 5QS

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Listing Text

878/10/170 HARTSDOWN ROAD
22-FEB-73 CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS

GV II
DATES OF MAIN PHASES, NAME OF ARCHITECT: 1892-4 by Thomas Andrews of Margate. Base of tower by E.S. Prior 1897; upper part by Caroe 1909.

MATERIALS: Rock-faced ragstone; ashlar base to the tower; limestone dressings. Red clay tile roofs.

PLAN: Nave, chancel, N and S aisles, SW tower, N porch, N sacristy, S organ chamber, choir vestry in tower.

EXTERIOR: The original 1890s build is in a late 13th-century Gothic style. The five-bay nave is tall and is flanked by lean-to aisles. There is a clerestory with two-light windows with quatrefoiled circles in the heads. At the W end there is a large six-light window with elaborate Geometrical tracery. The aisles have pairs of lancets in each bay, the divisions of which are marked by buttresses. At the E end the E window is much smaller than that in the W end of the nave and has four lights with Geometrical tracery. All these parts of the church are conventional in their details which are archaeologically faithful to medieval precedents. On the N of the chancel is a weatherboarded vestry which was no doubt intended to be temporary. The tower, however, is a much freer composition, explained by the fact that it is from different campaigns and by two architects noted for their free adaptations of Gothic architecture, E S Prior and W D Caroe. The stages are not rigidly defined and on the W face the tower is elongated on the N to incorporate a doorway. Above this rises the tower stair which terminates at the base of the belfry. The lower part of the tower is battered and, from the battering, there rise slender buttresses near the corners and also in the centre of each face. The near-corner buttresses run out at the bottom of the belfry stage but the central ones continue to the parapet and mark a strong separation of the pairs of two-light belfry openings. Immediately below these are small, fretted openings and, in turn, below these a series of narrow rectangular slits. The tower terminates in a parapet with stepped battlements behind which is a pyramidal roof. The W doors to the tower are in a recess which has, above the doorway, an oval shaped with a lattice filled with bottle-end glass.

INTERIOR: The walls are plastered and whitened. The nave has arcades of moulded arches, circular piers and moulded capitals. The chancel arch is also moulded and has shafts with shaft rings to the outer order and a short semi-circular shaft resting on a foliage corbel to the inner order. The nave roof has tie-beams above which are arch-braces to a collar. The chancel roof is almost semi-circular. The alleys of the nave and aisles are floored with red and brown tiles arranged in a zig-zag pattern. In the chancel the tiling has more variety of colouring using red, black, cream and orange. The space inside the tower doorway has an inventive arrangement with interesting visual effects: the space divides with an arched stairway to the tower on the right and a short, arched passage to the church.

PRINCIPAL FIXTURES: The font is of fairly unusual design with variegated marble panels set in the sides of the bowl which stands on short marble shafts with foliage capitals. In the chancel there are triple graduated sedilia. The organ is by Hill and Co of Plymouth. The rood was installed in 1941. Many windows have stained glass which has a date range of 1895 to 1923: the E and W windows are by Percy Bacon.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: First World War memorial crucifix to the NW of the church in the angles of Hartsdown and All Saints Roads. E of the church a rendered church hall.

HISTORY: The church was built on land given by the Hatfield family who lived at Hartsdown Park. The foundation stone was laid in 1892 and the consecration took place in 1897. The tower was begun in 1907 and completed in 1909.

The architects: Thomas Andrews also designed the church of Holy Trinity, Northdown, Margate, of 1893, but no other information is known about him. Edward Schroeder Prior (1852-1932), Harrow and Cambridge University educated, was articled to Norman Shaw in 1875-8 and remained with him until commencing independent practice in 1880. His architecture is notable for its inventive treatment of Gothic and innovations in terms of materials. He was a founder member of the Art Workers' Guild in 1883. In 1912 he was appointed Slade Professor of Architectural History at Cambridge University. He was a considerable scholar and published several books on medieval architecture. William Douglas Caroe (1857-1938) was a leading church architect at the end of the C19 and in the early C20. He was articled to Edmund Kirby of Liverpool in 1879-80 but transferred his articles in 1881 to the great Gothic revivalist, J L Pearson, until 1883. He travelled extensively on the continent in 1877-82 before setting up in practice in London in 1883 after which he developed a prolific church-building and restoration practice and became architect to the deans and chapters of Southwell, Hereford, Brecon and Exeter. He was architect to the Charity Commission and to the Ecclesiastical Commission from 1895. Caröe is noted for his freely-treated and often eccentric treatment of the Gothic style. His grandest and finest church is St David's in Exeter.

SOURCES:
Visitor guide (on hand-held board) at church.
Roger Homan, The Victorian Churches of Kent, 1984, p 74.
John Newman, The Buildings of England: Kent, North East and East, 1983, p. 383.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:
The church of All Saints, Westbrook, is designated at grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is of special interest as a late Victorian Gothic Revival church built two-phases, the earlier of which contributed the body of the building in a late 13th-century style, while the latter is an inventive composition by one of the leading church architects of the early 20th-century.

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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