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Railings to Former Burial Ground of Christchurch

A Grade II Listed Building in Farringdon Within, London

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Latitude: 51.5159 / 51°30'57"N

Longitude: -0.0994 / 0°5'57"W

OS Eastings: 531972

OS Northings: 181373

OS Grid: TQ319813

Mapcode National: GBR PB.TS

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.7598

Entry Name: Railings to Former Burial Ground of Christchurch

Listing Date: 10 November 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1359189

English Heritage Legacy ID: 199503

Location: City of London, London, EC1A

County: London

District: City and County of the City of London

Electoral Ward/Division: Farringdon Within

Built-Up Area: City of London

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): City of London

Church of England Parish: St Sepulchre Holborn

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


C18 railings, including corner piers, gate and gate piers, to the former burial ground of Christchurch. Some C20 modifications.

MATERIALS: Cast-iron railings set into low rendered wall with stone coping. Corner and gate piers of tuck-pointed red brick, with stone bases and caps.

EXTERIOR: The railings are composed of square-section bars joined with a flat horizontal top bar. Short pointed intermediary uprights are held by a low horizontal bar running along the back of the railings. The vertical bars have simple pointed heads and principal bars have urn finials; the latter are grouped in fours, arranged around a central bar with scrolled finial. The central double gates terminate in a flat bar at top and bottom. Above the gates a decorative scrolled head spans the gateway. A row of decorative cast-iron spikes spans across the top of the gate piers and gateway. There is a glazed bracket-mounted lamp on each corner pier.

Modern railings form the remainder of the burial ground boundary and are not of interest.

HISTORY: The railings form part of the boundary of the former burial ground of Christchurch, 1677-91, by Christopher Wren. The church was largely destroyed by bombing in 1940; the remains are listed Grade I.

The C18 railings to the former burial ground of Christchurch are listed at Grade II for the following principal reason:
* Group value: the railings form a strong historic and visual relationship with the Grade I listed remains of Christchurch.

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

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