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All Saints Pastoral Centre, Including Chapel

A Grade II* Listed Building in London Colney, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7119 / 51°42'42"N

Longitude: -0.3007 / 0°18'2"W

OS Eastings: 517500

OS Northings: 202827

OS Grid: TL175028

Mapcode National: GBR H8R.NSD

Mapcode Global: VHGPX.Q7WH

Entry Name: All Saints Pastoral Centre, Including Chapel

Listing Date: 23 June 1972

Last Amended: 27 September 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1295615

English Heritage Legacy ID: 163659

Location: London Colney, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2

County: Hertfordshire

District: St. Albans

Civil Parish: London Colney

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Shenley

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

(west side)

13/125 All Saints Pastoral
Centre, including Chapel
23.6.72 (formerly listed as All Saints
Convent and Convent Chapel).

Pastoral centre, begun 1899 as an Anglican cnvent. Leonard
Stokes, architect. Chapel begun 1927 by Sir Ninian Comper and
finished 1964 by his son Sebastian Comper, following original
designs. Main building is red and mauve brick with stone and
brick horizontal banding. Stone slate roof. Free neo-Tudor
style. 2 storeys and attics. Large square entrance tower near
centre of elevation is 3 storeys. Chamfered and buttressed angle
bastions; broad battlemented parapet. Stone-carved centre piece
to tower crowned by wide eaves. Figured stone frieze above the
door depicting nativity. 1st and 2nd floor window bands with
concave heads. Door with carved arch and spandrels. Roughly
symmetrical flanking wings, 6 windows each; slightly lower 4-
window range on left; on right end a single storey hall with 7
lancets and an oriel bay. All windows are stone-dressed Tudor
style casements, mullioned and transomed to ground floor,
mullioned on upper floor. 2-5 lights. Hipped attic dormers in
pairs and fours. The hall has Perpendicular style windows
separated by heavy buttresses rising through eaves. Behind the
front is a large square cloistered court. Ground floor windows
with semicircular traceried heads. Upper floor with shallow
canted oriels on alternate bays, their parapets carried through
eaves. Hipped dormers. Buttressed ground floor. Continuous
drip moulds. Rear elevation is symmetrical with projecting
gabled end pavilions. Wide traceried semicircular recess to
central door. Flanking end walls with battlemented stair towers.
On far angle of service court to left is a chimney treated as an
Italian campanile with wide eaves; stone blank recesses beneath
eaves. The chapel projects on the left front. Light mauve
brick. Stone dressings. Resembling Kings College Chapel,
Cambridge, in outline, it has 6 pointed-arch windows in a mixture
of Early English and Perpendicular styles. Buttresses between
rising to crocketed finials. 7-light E window surmounted by
gable and crocketed niche. 3 bays on E, together with single-
storey N aisle, were finished by Sir Ninian Comper. Interior of
chapel is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance detail. White-
painted. 6-bay ribbed quadripartite vault. Lady Chapel on SE,
joined to chancel by continuous moulded arches. Over altar is a
gilded wood baldacchino of 4 Corinthian columns supporting an
open crocketed ogee canopy. Choir stalls have Tuscan colonnades
in of Gothic style panelling. At E end the gilded and traceried
organ is carried on a Tuscan gallery. Tree of Jesse glass in E
window. Interior of great hall at N end of building shows a 7-
bay arch-braced collar roof, and on W wall 2 bolection-moulded
fireplaces either side of moulded stone archway to kitchen. At
the N end of the building a single storey loggia connects with
Voluntary Mission Movement building (q.v.). (Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL1750002827

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