History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Cecil Sharp House

A Grade II Listed Building in Camden Town with Primrose Hill, London

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.5381 / 51°32'17"N

Longitude: -0.1493 / 0°8'57"W

OS Eastings: 528446

OS Northings: 183756

OS Grid: TQ284837

Mapcode National: GBR B2.MT

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.CLDR

Entry Name: Cecil Sharp House

Listing Date: 22 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477848

Location: Camden, London, NW1

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Camden Town with Primrose Hill

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mark Regents Park

Church of England Diocese: London

Find accommodation in

Listing Text


798-1/75/1383 (North side)
22/12/87 Cecil Sharp House


Headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
1929-30. By HM Fletcher. For the English Folk Dance Society.
Partly rebuilt 1949-51 after war damage. Brown brick and
tiled, hipped roof. Neo-Georgian style. Rectangular plan on a
triangular corner site.
EXTERIOR: 1 to 2 storeys plus basement. Front facade of 1 tall
storey, 5 bays. Square-headed stone-architraved doorways with
wooden panelled doors to end bays; approached by steps with
cast-iron railings. Gauged brick flat arches to tall metal
framed windows with margin glazing and small panes
articulating the double height dance hall. Pilaster strips at
angles continue through parapet with brick band to terminate
with stone ball finials.
INTERIOR: following the post-war rebuilding a former
musicians' gallery in the dance hall was replaced by a large
specially commissioned (approx 20m long) mural painting by
Ivon Hitchens which is of historic and artistic interest.
Other walls of hall wooden panelled to window height.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Cecil Sharp collected, edited, performed and
wrote about English folk-songs and dances; he was the leader
of the modern English folk-music revival. He joined the
Committee of the Folk Song Society in 1904 and founded the
English Folk Dance Society in 1911; the societies amalgamated
in 1932. The building houses Sharp's library which he
bequeathed on his death in 1924.

Listing NGR: TQ2844683756

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

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.