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Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Latitude: 51.5384 / 51°32'18"N

Longitude: -0.1018 / 0°6'6"W

OS Eastings: 531744

OS Northings: 183875

OS Grid: TQ317838

Mapcode National: GBR P2.9P

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.6L1J

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 20 September 1954

Last Amended: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195776

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369413

Location: Islington, London, N1

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: St Mary's

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mary Islington

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/59/882 (East side)
20/09/54 Church of St Mary
(Formerly Listed as:
Tower of St Mary's Church)


Anglican church. The original church of 1751-54 by Launcelot
Dowbiggin; portico added 1903; all but the tower and portico
rebuilt after bomb damage, 1955-6, to the designs of Seely and
Paget. Brick set in Flemish bond, and stone; roof obscured by
parapet. West front and east end of three bays, sides of eight
bays, the easternmost projecting. Portico to all three western
bays with coupled Ionic columns and engaged Ionic antae;
modillion cornice; central segmental pediment with low-relief
Nativity scene; outer bays with parapet and balustrade.
Central flat-arched entrance to the church with stone
bolection-moulded architrave and panelled doors; blank windows
with similar architraves to either side. At gallery level,
round-arched windows with stone architraves and keystones, the
middle bay projecting with pediment; chamfered quoins and
modillion cornice; brick parapet to side bays with stone
coping. The tower of two stages with chamfered quoins and
stone band between stages; the first stage has a clock under a
segmental pediment on all but the east side; the belfry has
louvred windows with eared architraves and keystones;
modillion cornice. Four stone urns rest on the four corners of
the tower and an octagonal balustrade surrounding the spire
which rises through octagonal and circular-arcaded stages to a
tapering octagon. On the side elevations, all architraves of
stone; two windows to the westernmost bay; then full-height
flat-arched windows to the next six; then a full-height
tripartite window to the last, projecting, bay. The east end
has windows in the outer bays and a cruciform design in stone
in the middle bay; cornice and parapet continue from west
INTERIOR: : there is virtually a single space for worship with
small 'transepts' either side of the chancel; dado panelling
throughout, the walls above lined with cork; coffered ceiling.
The chancel and transepts are defined by fluted columns of
grey marble with gilded palm leaf capitals; reredos in the
form of a plain gilded cross surrounded by painted panels on
the theme of 'The Eight Attributes of Christ' by Brian Thomas,
with a border of gilded paterae; altar table, communion rails
and pulpits in an C18 manner with carved and gilded scrolling
foliage. Organ gallery at west end carried on wooden Tuscan
columns which carried the galleries in the former church, with
central painted panel of 'Christ the Judge' by Brian Thomas.
(Tom Hornsby: Of people buildings and a faith [church guide to
St Mary's]: Gloucester).

Listing NGR: TQ3174483875

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