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Church of St Martin

A Grade I Listed Building in Gospel Oak, Camden

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Latitude: 51.5519 / 51°33'6"N

Longitude: -0.1529 / 0°9'10"W

OS Eastings: 528162

OS Northings: 185282

OS Grid: TQ281852

Mapcode National: GBR DV.VGY

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.98J5

Plus Code: 9C3XHR2W+QR

Entry Name: Church of St Martin

Listing Date: 10 June 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1379098

English Heritage Legacy ID: 478464

Location: Gospel Oak, Camden, London, NW5

County: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Gospel Oak

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Martin Kentish Town

Church of England Diocese: London

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798-1/41/1670 (South side)
10/06/54 Church of St Martin


Church. 1864-6. By EB Lamb for JD Allcroft; later chapel at
north-west corner after 1915 by his son EB Lamb junior.
Kentish ragstone rubble with fine dressings. Tiled gabled
roofs with fishscale diaper patterns.
EXTERIOR: west part of nave 3 bays, aisleless, then 3 aisled
bays with the transept cutting into the nave and as high as
this, and with the other bays of the aisle treated as angle
chapels; polygonal apse narrower than the almost polygonal
south transept. Tall, 3 stage north tower (originally with
corner pinnacles) close to west end with attached, even taller
stair turret. Unusual modified Gothic design with eclectic and
original details. Imaginative Perpendicular windows with
eccentric cusping and heavy transoms, called "Tudor" by
Nikolaus Pevsner. To north of apse and on south side near east
end, small towers with broach spires.
INTERIOR: with elaborate carved hammerbeam roof throughout
resting on shafts which do not go down to the ground but start
from Cistercian-like brackets attached to each side of the
large square piers which stand between nave and aisles. Lamb's
choir stalls and pews, altar rails with pierced decoration,
font with cover and pulpit remain. Massive organ in south
choir aisle. Royal arms over south porch inside. Initials of
JBA (outside) and EBL (within). Vestry fully panelled. Stained
glass at east end contemporary with the church, as is the
mosaic spandrel decoration in the chancel. Mosaic floors.
Stained glass in nave dated 1905 and 1907: St Cecilia in
memory of Harriet Puzey, organist, one by Morris and Co.
Heraldic glass in transepts post-1945. Transept also has
commandment boards. Memorial to John Derby Allcroft 1821-93.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Allcroft was a wealthy glove manufacturer and
strong Evangelical who paid for several churches.
(Survey of London: Vol. XXIV, King's Cross Neighbourhood, St
Pancras IV: London: -1952: 144).

Listing NGR: TQ2816285282

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