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Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Holborn and Covent Garden, London

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Latitude: 51.5165 / 51°30'59"N

Longitude: -0.1269 / 0°7'36"W

OS Eastings: 530068

OS Northings: 181391

OS Grid: TQ300813

Mapcode National: GBR HB.PK

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.R49T

Entry Name: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

Listing Date: 4 November 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1271628

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477974

Location: Camden, London, WC2H

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Holborn and Covent Garden

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Giles-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/105/1428 (East side)
04/11/94 No.235
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
(Formerly Listed as:
Central Baptist Church)


Baptist church. c1845-8. By John Gibson. For Sir Samuel Morton
Peto on speculation because he considered a church was needed
in the area. Grey brick with stone dressings and vertical
bands. Early Italian Gothic style. Rectangular plan.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attics. West front of 3 windows
flanked by rectangular towers. 3 central moulded arch
entrances above which a Lombardic frieze and large rose window
flanked by 2 round-arched windows. Deep Lombardic frieze
beneath arcaded attic windows crowned by a balustrade. 4-stage
towers with vertical bands and small windows; 4th stages are
belfries with round-arched openings, friezes and cornices
having trefoil enriched dies at angles; formerly with short
spires, removed due to war damage.
INTERIOR: horseshoe-shaped auditorium with curved gallery
supported on polygonal cast-iron columns; the gallery with
arcaded-patterned front. Decorated square columns rise from
gallery to roof. Good curved pews, and stained glass
incorporating texts. Balcony reached by winding wrought-iron
stairs in angles either side of narrow central entrance foyer
refitted c1960s.
HISTORICAL NOTE: this was the first Baptist chapel to stand
prominently on a London street, looking like a "church",
reflecting the improved status of Victorian dissenters. Legend
records that when Peto sought to lease the land, the First
Commissioner of Woods & Forests told him that Nonconformist
chapels were too dull: he liked a church with a spire. "A
spire?" exclaimed Peto, "My Lord, we shall have two!".

Listing NGR: TQ3007881386

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