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Drayton House friends Meeting House and Walls, Railings and Garden to East

A Grade II Listed Building in Bloomsbury, London

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Latitude: 51.5264 / 51°31'34"N

Longitude: -0.1329 / 0°7'58"W

OS Eastings: 529617

OS Northings: 182481

OS Grid: TQ296824

Mapcode National: GBR G7.90

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.NW2R

Entry Name: Drayton House friends Meeting House and Walls, Railings and Garden to East

Listing Date: 29 May 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1078321

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477240

Location: Camden, London, NW1

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Bloomsbury

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Pancras with St James and Christ Church St Pancras

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/94/1819 (South side)
29/05/96 Nos.173-177
Friends' Meeting House and walls,
railings and garden to east


Includes: No.30 Drayton House GORDON STREET.
Central Offices of the Religious Society of Friends in
Britain, including offices, meeting halls and library;
separate lettable office accommodation incorporated in Drayton
House to the west of block, completing the symmetry of the
main facade. Completed in 1927 to the designs of Hubert
Lidbetter, ARIBA; Grace and Marsh Ltd. General Contractors.
Steel construction sheathed in brick laid in English bond and
Portland stone dressings; metal framed windows to rear
elevation, otherwise wood sashes, all of original design.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and attic over basement. Long rectangular
block divided in 3 by 2 interior courtyards; large meeting
house at the centre, square in plan; library at south-east
corner of block; small meeting house, formerly double height
now subdivided, to rear of centre block, windows to south.
Long elevation to Euston Road dominated by tetrastyle in antis
portico, itself framed by bays; this central section, which
marks the extent of the large hall, in Portland stone, with
recessed ranges leading to hall's foyer. Slightly recessed
side ranges of 10 windows each. All openings flat arched
unless otherwise stated. The penultimate ranges to either side
marked by the use of Portland stone, having a semicircular
windows to ground floor, balconied window to first floor set
in moulded architrave, and keyed roundel to second floor.
Cornice band continuous to entire block and separating second
from attic storey. East and west elevations identical and
centred about a distyle-in-antis portico, slightly projecting
from side ranges of 5 windows each.
To east elevation series of terraces and walls lead down to
garden, which is enclosed on north and south by a low Portland
stone wall with railings similar in design to those enclosing
basement areas.
South elevation features projecting range of 5 bays, the
openings round-arched with metal framed windows; bays one and
5 are separated from the centre 3 bays by a recessed range.
The latter 3 windows mark the extent of the former small
meeting house.
INTERIOR: main entrance to offices through east elevation,

into low lobby with stairs to second floor; this overlooks the
east courtyard with circular brick fountain and French doors
opening from corridors to north and south. Most of the
ground-floor corridors and stairs retain original fixtures and
finishes; committee rooms, some of them with moveable
partitions, also retain original panelling, door furniture and
fittings. The library is double height, 3 x 4 bays at east
corner to Endsleigh Gardens. It was sensitively refurbished in
1993, retaining much of the original woodwork, and galleries
to west and north. Great Hall with flat roof coffered, carried
on square piers and pilasters, with galleries on three sides.
Drop acoustic ceiling from line of architrave hides original
ceiling, but this is said to be survive intact above. Railings
and fitted furniture to hall also intact. 3 entrances to hall
foyer from Euston Road; these doors of original design. Small
meeting house of 3 bays to rear, south, has been divided to
provide committee rooms on ground floor. Courtyard between
Drayton House and central block has been partly filled in by
recent 2-storey addition providing extra toilet and other
facilities for Great Hall. The addition has been sensitively
designed. The interior of Drayton House not inspected. It is
said to retain much of its original finishes.
The building retains most of its original character, fittings
and finishes. The interiors are well designed and detailed,
particularly in the east block around the courtyard. Hubert
Lidbetter designed many buildings for the Society of Friends;
this is the most ambitious.
(The Builder: 24 June 1927: 1008).


798-1/94/1819 No.30
29/05/96 Drayton House


See under: Nos.173-177 Friends' Meeting House and walls,
railings and garden to east EUSTON ROAD.

Listing NGR: TQ2960382461

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