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Church of St John

A Grade I Listed Building in Hampstead Town, London

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Latitude: 51.5559 / 51°33'21"N

Longitude: -0.1697 / 0°10'11"W

OS Eastings: 526982

OS Northings: 185697

OS Grid: TQ269856

Mapcode National: GBR D0.PVR

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.05M3

Entry Name: Church of St John

Listing Date: 11 August 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1078270

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477140

Location: Camden, London, NW3

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Hampstead Town

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Hallows Hampstead

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/27/341 (South side)
11/08/50 Church of St John


Church. 1818-23. Possibly by CR Cockerell or designed by its
builder, William Woods. Stucco. Slated roof. Classical style.
EXTERIOR: 5-bay aisled nave. Symmetrical west front with
slightly projecting central pedimented bay having pilasters at
angles and flanked by small wings with blind windows and
parapets upswept towards the central pediment. Prostyle
portico with penthouse roof and panel above inscribed "St.
John's Downshire Hill"; architraved doorway with panelled
double doors. Flanking the entrance, architraved round-arched
windows to ground floor and architraved oculi above. Pediment
with clock. Appearing above the pediment a rectangular bell
cupola with columns at angles carrying entablature and
round-arched louvred openings.
INTERIOR: particularly fine, with panelled galleries on 3
sides having 2 orders of slim cast-iron columns with enriched
capitals. Tunnel-vaulted roof with simple coffers.
Distyle-in-antis Corinthian reredos with inscribed entablature
and architraved and pedimented doorways in outer bays. East
window above of Venetian type with pilastered architrave and
patterned stained glass including the eagle of St John. North
and south walls have segmental-arched windows with splayed
soffits above and below galleries; rear of galleries has
corresponding round-arched openings to allow light through.
Box pews with umbrella stands on doors.
HISTORICAL NOTE: built to serve the new middle-class
surrounding development. In 1916 the freehold was bought by
Leslie Wright who leased it to the congregation for a nominal
rent. At his death he requested it should not be sold so long
as there was a congregation to support it. St John's remains
the only proprietary chapel in the diocese of London which is

Listing NGR: TQ2698285697

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

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