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John Keble Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Barnet, London

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Latitude: 51.6148 / 51°36'53"N

Longitude: -0.2618 / 0°15'42"W

OS Eastings: 520445

OS Northings: 192094

OS Grid: TQ204920

Mapcode National: GBR 8J.YGY

Mapcode Global: VHGQB.DNYY

Plus Code: 9C3XJP7Q+W7

Entry Name: John Keble Church

Listing Date: 18 May 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1064756

English Heritage Legacy ID: 199240

Location: Hale, Barnet, London, HA8

County: London

District: Barnet

Electoral Ward/Division: Hale

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Barnet

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: John Keble Mill Hill

Church of England Diocese: London

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5/34 John Keble Church


Church. 1936, by D F Martin Smith. Concrete frame clad in stock brick; flat
concrete roofs. Nave and sanctuary in main body of church with projecting ranges
housing north and south aisles, west tower, and similar ranges surrounding
sanctuary which house vestry, offices and Lady Chapel. Modern Movement style.
3-light east window with concrete lintel over raised brick architrave and square
brick mullions framing metal casements; similar 2-light windows to sides of
one-bay sanctuary and to 3-bay nave aisles. Porches in west angles of nave
and aisles each have panelled double doors. Plain concrete coping to sanctuary
and aisles and splayed cornice to main taller body of nave. West tower has
small 2-light windows set in raised concrete architraves; west elevation has
similar 3-light window above panel, inscribed with phoenix and the name JOHN
KEBLE,which is splayed inwards above recessed bay with grid-like 20-light concrete-
framed window; flat hood above panelled double doors; louvred belfry surmounted
by mosaic copper cross and ball covered in gold leaf. Interior: white plastered
walls; sanctuary floor of cream-coloured artificial stone; fine blue and gold
mosaic panel with central dove to sanctuary ceiling; tall wrought-iron candelabra;
triple sedilia and two pulpits. Circular oak font with projecting wrought-iron
candelabra; west porch (beneath tower) is partitioned off by refined 'stripped
Perpendicular' screen with mullioned upper stage above panelled lower stage;
stairs to gallery above porch. Nave exhibits the first use in this country
of the 'Diagrid' roofing system whereby the octagonal concrete roof is filled
in by diagonally-intersecting beams with coloured ceiling boards to infill panels;
this saved 40% on normal construction costs. Its good design and cheap cost
made John Keble Church a very influential design: in 1951, Knopp-Fisher's The
Future of Church Design held it as a sensible prototype for post-war church
(Incorporated Church Building Society, Fifty Modern Churches, 1947, pp 34-7;
Architecture Illustrated, November 1936, pp 179-181).

Listing NGR: TQ2044592094

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