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Riding School, St Johns Wood Barracks

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5366 / 51°32'11"N

Longitude: -0.1741 / 0°10'26"W

OS Eastings: 526731

OS Northings: 183543

OS Grid: TQ267835

Mapcode National: GBR 53.2C

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.XMSX

Plus Code: 9C3XGRPG+J8

Entry Name: Riding School, St Johns Wood Barracks

Listing Date: 8 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375622

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469596

ID on this website: 101375622

Location: St John's Wood, Westminster, London, NW8

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey Road

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Johns Wood Church

Church of England Diocese: London

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1900/3/10116 Riding School, St John's Wood


Riding school at Royal Artillery barracks. 1823-24, signed by Major B Tylden, RE. Painted brick with slate hipped roof. Classical style. Rectangular plan with entrance porch at E end.
EXTERIOR: single storey; 6-window range. A regular hall with impost band and brick eaves corice, the pedimented porch has a round-arched recess containing a segmental-arched doorway and a lunette over the impost band, and a square timber clock tower with louvred front and weather vane on top. The end of the riding school has a segmental-arched doorway to the side of the porch; the sides have an arcade of arched recesses as the porch, containing large small-paned metal-framed lights divided into three by a round-arched mullion.
INTERIOR: has battered sides to the lower wall to prevent horses becoming trapped, and a wide timber queen post roof.
HISTORY: riding schools were a central part of cavalry barracks for training and practising manoeuvres. St John's Wood was one of the few barracks built during the post-Waterloo period, to improve security in the capital, and is linked in with Nash's Metropolitan Improvements. The riding school is the only major remaining part of the original barracks. Only two much smaller examples survive that are earlier, at Dorchester and Exeter, the St John's Wood school is comparable with the large riding school built at the same time as part of the Brighton Pavilion, a large and carefully composed example of this specialised type.
(Plans of site and plans and elevations of 'riding house': 1825-: PRO, W078/1338).

Listing NGR: TQ2673183543

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