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Kingsway College Clerkenwell Centre

A Grade II Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

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Latitude: 51.5248 / 51°31'29"N

Longitude: -0.106 / 0°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 531491

OS Northings: 182359

OS Grid: TQ314823

Mapcode National: GBR N7.CK

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.3XTY

Entry Name: Kingsway College Clerkenwell Centre

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1208978

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369335

Location: Islington, London, EC1R

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Clerkenwell

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James Clerkenwell

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/73/751 (North side)
Kingsway College Clerkenwell Centre


Hugh Myddelton Schools, now Kingsway College Clerkenwell
Centre. Dated 1892 in a panel at fourth-floor level at the
south-east corner. Designed by T.J.Bailey for the London
School Board. Yellow brick set in Flemish bond, dressings of
red brick and stone, terracotta, tiled roof. Three and four
storeys over basement, eighteen-window range to the south. The
building is H-shaped in plan, with two long wings to north and
south, and a central hall block between. The south front has
wings at either end of four storeys and three-window range,
which read as towers in relation to the three-storey centre;
the facade of the centre is divided into four bays of
three-window range by buttresses; flat-arched windows to
ground and first floors (one now used as an entrance) with
heads of gauged red brick, and red brick dressings generally
to these floors; sill band to third floor with walls covered
with buff terracotta above and segmental-arched windows with
chamfered reveals and moulded heads; in between the wings the
middle window of each triplet is raised under a small gable;
parapet, linked to storey band on fourth floor of the wings
which have decorative stone panels to their south face and
four segmental-arched windows to east and west returns.The
wings have tall hipped roofs with gablets and metal weather
vanes to the ridge; the roof between them pitched, with ridge
The east and west fronts have recessed centres faced with
terracotta, with three segmental-arched openings framing the
ground- and first-floor windows; flat-arched mullioned windows
above; stepped parapet and pedimented dormer; entrance for
Girls, Infants and Boys in side wings, flat-arched with
concave mouldings to stone surrounds. The north front is
detailed as for the south in the four central bays; the outer
bays of four-window range and without hipped towers, but with
five-sided staircase towers to east and west with lead-covered
ogee roofs, ball finials and pennants.
The interior appears little altered in plan: central hall to
three floors with classrooms off to the south, and an aisle of
seven bays to the north, with classrooms beyond that;
staircases and toilets in the corner wings. The hall to ground
and first floors has brick piers carrying composite iron beams
and round arches between; the aisle is vaulted, with very
shallow saucer domes; and the classrooms have windows and
glazed and panelled screens opening onto the hall or aisle;
dado of green glazed tiles in all classrooms, in many cases
still exposed, and wrought-iron beams to the ceiling;
first-floor hall has original fitted and panelled bench to
east end. In the second-floor hall there is a panelled and
toplit mansard roof over a coved cornice and piers, supported
by elaborate metal trusses to the seven bays; this room was
used as a gymnasium; the classroom roofs are of timber, with
arched braces.
(Malcolm Seaborne and Roy Lowe.: The English school. Its
architecture and organization..1870-1970: 1977-: PLATE 19).

Listing NGR: TQ3149082361

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