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Saint Alban's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Coopersale, Essex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7022 / 51°42'7"N

Longitude: 0.1339 / 0°8'1"E

OS Eastings: 547553

OS Northings: 202535

OS Grid: TL475025

Mapcode National: GBR LFH.BMZ

Mapcode Global: VHHMM.8GMZ

Entry Name: Saint Alban's Church

Listing Date: 14 January 1972

Last Amended: 15 December 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1337459

English Heritage Legacy ID: 117557

Location: Epping, Epping Forest, Essex, CM16

County: Essex

District: Epping Forest

Civil Parish: Epping

Built-Up Area: Coopersale

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Coopersale St Alban

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


601/2/83 COOPERSALE COMMON
14-JAN-72 COOPERSALE
Saint Alban's Church

(Formerly listed as:
COOPERSALE
Church of St Alban)

II
1852 probably by Joseph Clarke.

MATERIALS: Flint pebble facing, limestone dressings. Red clay tile roofs.

PLAN: Nave, lower chancel, south porch, north vestry

EXTERIOR: The church is built in a simple C13 Early English style with lancet windows throughout. At the west end there is a pair of equal height lancets while at the east end there are three graded lancets. There were plans to build a north aisle hence the preparatory arcading built into the north wall (visible inside and out).

INTERIOR: The walls are plastered and whitened. On the north wall there are the arches and round piers for the projected north aisle. The capitals remain uncarved. The tall chancel arch has a moulded and chamfered head, foliage capitals and semi-circular responds. At the east end the three lancets have moulded arches over them and slender detached marble shafts between the sill and stiff-leaf capitals. The roofs over both nave and chancel are seven-sided canted ones. The chancel is floored with Minton's tiles while the nave has red and black quarries.

PRINCIPAL FIXTURES: In the chancel there is a drop-sill sedilia and a piscina to the east of it. The pewing is a largely complete scheme surviving from the building of the church and has square ends with sunk panels and small buttresses in imitation of a common medieval type. The chancel seating probably dates from the mid-C20. The altar rails, however, are probably of the 1850s and have trefoil-headed arches. The Gothic-style reredos has three gables and tall pinnacles. The font is a small marble bowl without a shaft. The pulpit is polygonal and of timber. There is good C19 stained glass in a number of windows.

HISTORY: The church was built in 1852 and was paid for by Miss Archer-Houblon of Coopersale House. She also paid for the school which is known to have been designed by Joseph Clarke and it seems probable that he designed the church too. Joseph Clarke (1819 or '20-1888) was a London-based architect whose practice was very largely concerned with church-building and restoration. His known works date from the middle of the 1840s until the time of his death. He was diocesan surveyor to Canterbury and Rochester and, from 1877, the newly-created diocese of St Albans. These posts helped bring in numerous commissions in these three dioceses but he also gained jobs over a much wider geographical area and examples of his work can be found in most parts of England. He was consultant architect to the Charity Commissioners.

SOURCES:
Bettley, J and Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Essex, (2007) 304

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:
The Church of St Alban, Coopersale, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a small early Victorian Anglican church in the Early English style
* It retains a number of original fittings and some good Victorian stained glass

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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