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11/11a-12/12a Old St Andrew's Mansions

A Grade II Listed Building in Welsh Harp, Brent

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Latitude: 51.5663 / 51°33'58"N

Longitude: -0.2607 / 0°15'38"W

OS Eastings: 520652

OS Northings: 186704

OS Grid: TQ206867

Mapcode National: GBR 8M.YSF

Mapcode Global: VHGQJ.FWKM

Plus Code: 9C3XHP8Q+GP

Entry Name: 11/11a-12/12a Old St Andrew's Mansions

Listing Date: 4 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244830

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472864

Location: Welsh Harp, Brent, London, NW9

County: Brent

Electoral Ward/Division: Welsh Harp

Built-Up Area: Brent

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Andrew Kingsbury

Church of England Diocese: London

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11/11a & 12/12a Old St Andrew's Mansions


Two pairs of flats. 1936 by Ernest George Trobridge. Brick, with render and half-timbering to upper storey and gable, tiled roof. Two storeys, with a flat on each floor and an external brick stair leading to upper flats between brick retaining wall, which forms a link between the otherwise independent two units. Lattice paned timber casement windows, some under projecting hoods; original doors have been stripped and varnished. INTERIORS not inspected but believed to retain panelling to living rooms, with picture rail and deep frieze and ceiling cove above. Doors lined in the same timber. The other rooms with coved ceilings and bedroom with picture rail. Included as part of the best surviving group of flats by E G Trobridge, an eccentric local architect whose limited surviving works are concentrated in the Kingsbury area where he lived. His own house in Slough Lane is already listed, and it was with a series of timber-framed houses that he came to attention in the 1920s, for he developed a method of using unseasoned timber and unskilled ex-servicemen to build cheap yet charismatic homes for heroes. In the 1930s he went on to build flats, of brick but again with quirky detailing, of which only Nos.1/1a- 12/12a St Andrew's Mansions survive in listable condition. The detailing is inspired by Trobridge's devout Swedenborgian beliefs, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) proposed a system of "correspondence" whereby worldly, spiritual and divine ideas could be related together. Trobridge wrote in 1909 that 'the philosophy of Swedenborg affects every detail of every structure ... the doctrine of degrees enables one to divide each problem into end, cause and effect.' The effect on his work was the idiosyncratic expression of every chimney, staircase and external detail, while his understanding of timber enriched otherwise humble interiors. The result is to make his artisan rented housing quite remarkable.
Oxford Brookes University, Ernest George Trobridge, Architect Extraordinary,1982

Listing NGR: TQ2065286704

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