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Montem Primary School

A Grade II Listed Building in Finsbury Park, Islington

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Latitude: 51.5612 / 51°33'40"N

Longitude: -0.1147 / 0°6'52"W

OS Eastings: 530782

OS Northings: 186383

OS Grid: TQ307863

Mapcode National: GBR FP.CRR

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.Y1Q1

Plus Code: 9C3XHV6P+F4

Entry Name: Montem Primary School

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207579

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369029

Location: Finsbury Park, Islington, London, N7

County: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Finsbury Park

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mark Tollington Park

Church of England Diocese: London

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635-1/22/517 (East side)
Montem Primary School


Former Board School. Dated 1897 in panels on the seven-storey
ranges of the north front. Designed by T.J.Bailey for the
London School Board. Yellow brick with dressings of gauged red
brick and Portland stone; tower roofs of lead, otherwise of
slate. The principal front is to the north and is of four
storeys with two ranges of seven storeys; twenty-three-window
range. This front is symmetrical and consists of four
elements. There is a central block of five-window range which
has a ground floor of brick in banded rustication and
flat-arched windows; the first and second floors have tall
windows lighting halls, those to the first floor flat-arched
and to the second round-arched, and framed on both floors by a
single round-arched arcade of giant Doric pilasters and
archivolts with voussoirs; dentil cornice; attic storey with
flat-arched windows with eared architraves; cornice and
On either side of the central block are staircase towers with
entrances on the ground floor, Girls and Infants to the left,
Boys and Infants to the right; the upper cornice from the
central range is carried over and, above that, there is a
square tower with ogee, lead-covered roof topped by a wooden
lantern with balustrade. On either side of the staircase
towers are ranges with four windows and seven storeys, with
date panels in cement between the fifth and sixth storeys;
above that a pedimented studio window. The outermost ranges
are three windows wide and treated broadly as wings matching
the central block: ground-floor of brick in banded rustication
with flat-arched windows; first and second floor framed by
giant pilasters, the first-floor windows flat-arched,
second-floor segmental; dentil cornice; pediment superimposed
on attic storey; the first- and second-floor windows on the
left-hand wing are mostly blank.
The west front is of four storeys and eight-window range; it
has a pedimented quasi-centrepiece in the third, fourth and
fifth bays from the north; the three bays of the attic storey
to the south are open to a rooftop playground. The south front
is of four storeys and twenty-window range and simpler than
the north front, with a uniform central range flanked by wings
of three-window range. The east front is a simpler version of
the west.
INTERIOR: : the original plan included halls on the ground,
first and second floors of the central block on the north side
and mezzanine floors in the seven storey ranges alongside the
staircase towers. These spaces survive; mezzanine floors have
been introduced at all levels in the classrooms of the central
block on the south side.
(Historians' file, English Heritage London Division).

Listing NGR: TQ3078286383

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