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Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade I Listed Building in City of Westminster, Westminster

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Latitude: 51.5225 / 51°31'20"N

Longitude: -0.189 / 0°11'20"W

OS Eastings: 525737

OS Northings: 181948

OS Grid: TQ257819

Mapcode National: GBR 18.RD

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.NZXR

Plus Code: 9C3XGRC6+X9

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 25 September 1951

Last Amended: 1 December 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1235288

English Heritage Legacy ID: 425934

Location: Westminster, London, W2

County: Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Westbourne

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mary Mag Paddington

Church of England Diocese: London

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39/1 (north side)
25.9.51 Church of St Mary Magdalene
(formerly listed under
Woodchester Street)
Church. 1867-78. By G E Street. Crypt Chapel of St Sepulchre 1895 by Sir
Ninian Comper. Red brick with ashlar spire, dressings and banding. Welsh slate
roof. High Victorian Gothic. Misorientation and unusual plan dictated by site.
(Description refers to liturgical rather than compass east). 6-bay nave with
south aisle and quasi aisle to north, south-west porch, south transept, apsidal
chancel and tower with spire to east of transept. Nave: lancets with trefoil
heads, continuous sill band and hoodmould. To clerestory, 3-light windows under
continuous hoodmould. South transept gable-ended with gabled porch, trefoil
niche above doorway containing relief carving representing Noli Me Tangere. Rose
window above. 5-stage tower with tall bell stage with ashlar banding. Staircase
turret. Spire with lucarnes. Chancel has 3-light windows with intersecting
tracery, to apse 2-light windows with Y tracery and Geometrical tracery to east
window. Continuous sill and hoodmould. Ashlar banding to jambs. Interior:
west wall arcaded with roundels in spandrels. Ashlar banding to upper wall. 2
2-light windows with Geometrical tracery with a roundel above, grouped under a
hoodmould. South arcade: clustered columns on waterholding bases with moulded
capitals, pointed arcade of 2 orders with dogtooth moulding. Similar arcade to
north wall, except octagonal,piers, intermediate slender columns to each bay
support paired narrow arches with roundel above. Relief roundels to west and
north walls represent the Stations of The Cross. To spandrels of north and south
arcades canopies containing statues. Aisle walls below windows have decorative
marble inlay and encaustic tiles. Clerestory: 3-light windows with intersecting
tracery in 2 layers, the outer glazed and the inner supported on freestanding
coloured marble shafts. Pointed barrel vault with painted scheme by Daniel
Bell. Chancel arch on dark marble shafts on stiff-leaf corbels. East end
arrangements raised to present level in 1920s. Diaperwork to walls set with
hexagonal mosaic panels by Salviati of Venice. Alabaster panelling above.
Shafted windows and dark marble shafts to rib vault. Sedilia and piscina.
Reredos by Earp. Stained glass designs by Henry Holiday. Crypt Chapel: groin
vaulted. Highly decorated with Perpendicular and Flamboyant tracery, original
fittings including screen and altar with tester.
Victorian Architecture : R Dixon and S Muthesius 1978, pp 211-212 and pl.202.

Listing NGR: TQ2573181947

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