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St George's Theatre, Islington

Description: St George's Theatre

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 September 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 369391

OS Grid Reference: TQ3001385984
OS Grid Coordinates: 530013, 185984
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5578, -0.1259

Location: 89E Carleton Road, London N7 0EZ N7 0PS

Locality: Islington
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: N7 0PS

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Listing Text


635-1/28/863 (South side)
20/09/54 St George's Theatre
(Formerly Listed as:
Church of St George)


Formerly St George's Church, now St George's Theatre. 1866-7,
the tower added in 1876; by George Truefitt. Kentish ragstone
with dressings of Bath stone and white brick; roof of slate.
Chancel with round apse and vestries to either side; the nave
circular and narowing to an octagonal drum at clerestory
level; two-storey lobbies at west end, flanked by
single-storey porches; covered way leads from west end to
tower. Additional theatre buildings abut the east end, and
there is a small, original, building abutting the south side
of the chancel under a conical roof. The chancel and circular
walls of the nave have pointed-arched windows of one or two
lights with quatrefoil and trefoil tracery; courses of brick
at springing level and elsewhere; eaves cornice of stepped
brickwork and brick set at an angle. Clerestory windows are
triplets with trefoil heads; at the west end there are
flat-arched two-light windows with two-light pointed-arched
windows with trefoil tracery above; the porches have
flat-arched entrances with shouldered arches set back under a
segmental-pointed arch, the tympanum carved with an angel in a
roundel surrounded by foliage; roofs of fish-scale slates;
hipped roof to octagon with gablets and spirelet at the apex.
A single-storey range with an originally open carriage arch
connects the church to the tower, which is of two surviving
stages with occasional courses of ashlared stone to the first
stage, square in plan; octagonal stage above with flat-arched
openings under pointed arches with decorative hipped gables;
spire now lost.
The interior space presents itself as an octagonal arcade and
clerestorey, with a circular ambulatory; the arcade is
composed of a stone base, square in plan, circular columns
made up of an iron stanchion clad apparently in terracotta
detailed as bricks, with roll mouldings, stilted pointed
unmoulded arches of brick, and a stone dripmould with foliage
details at the springing; some clerestory windows retain
original fish-scale glazing, others are blocked; shallow
timber roof with corbelled trusses; chancel arch in the outer
wall of the ambulatory: paired columns supporting an arch
matching those of the octagonal arcade and flanked by two
segmental-pointed arches; apsidal sanctuary; paired
segmental-pointed arches at the west end lead to lobbies and
(Building News 6 October 1876).

Listing NGR: TQ3001385984

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Source: English Heritage

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