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Young Womens Christian Association Alexander House and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

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Latitude: 51.529 / 51°31'44"N

Longitude: -0.1111 / 0°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 531127

OS Northings: 182809

OS Grid: TQ311828

Mapcode National: GBR M6.62

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.1T4R

Entry Name: Young Womens Christian Association Alexander House and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279523

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369115

Location: Islington, London, WC1X

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: Clerkenwell St Mark

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/68/986 YWCA Alexandra House and attached


Former House of Retreat of the Sisters of Bethany (convent and
school). 1882-4, Ernest Newton, with some later alterations.
Yellow brick in Flemish bond with dressings of red brick and
gauged red rubbd brick. Four and five storeys over
half-basement. Irregular and picturesque elevations in the
'Queen Anne' style with gables, high chimneys with moulded
tops, swept parapets, stringcourses, pilasters, blank arches
and segmentally headed windows with wide sash boxes in the
'Queen Anne' style. Slated roofs, some within a curbed
mansard. Iron area railings towards Lloyd Square.
The Lloyd Baker Street elevation (1882) has three main storeys
in the centre, with steps up to a round-arched entrance
containing double doors partly panelled and partly now glazed,
all within an outer arch with hood mould and keystones. Above,
two giant stacks rise from corbels at first-floor level, break
through the cornice and are linked by an open arch. Higher
flanks, rising to two small segment-headed gables on the right
(altered from original form) and swept parapets and a further
high chimney on the left. At the far right end of the front, a
small addition of c.1905 with two main storeys in a Tudor
style, of red brick with stone dressings, leaded windows and a
straight gable with stone finial.
The longer Lloyd Square front (east portion 1882, west portion
1884), is of three main storeys above ground, with shaped
gables and one chimney breaking through the line of the swept
parapet. Tops of gables slightly altered after war damage. A
moulded stringcourse runs along the eastern portion of the
front above first-floor level; in the western portion, which
has a simple arched entrance, the first-floor windows have
projecting segmental heads. One ground-storey window is within
a broad segmental arch with hood mould and keystone.
The interior retains a single-storey, flat-roofed cloister
with a corridor along its north and west sides, with panelled
Gothic door to former chapel in north-west position. Along the
corridor, buttressed brick piers alternate with segment-headed
arches filled mainly with three light wooden windows. Original
rear brick elevations largely intact. On the upper storeys
north of the cloister, a neo-Georgian extension in brick of
See also Studio (Former Chapel), Lloyd Baker Street.

Listing NGR: TQ3112782809

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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