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St Mary Abbots Church

 

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  • Plans for a new church began in 1860 when the vicar, Archdeacon Sinclair, appealed to his wealthy congregation for funds for what would be a landmark church.
  • St Mary Abbots is the tallest parish church in London, and exceeded in height by only three other non-cathedral churches in the entire United Kingdom.
  • Unusually for a parish church, or indeed any church, the entrance to St Mary Abbots is a winding vaulted corridor resembling a medieval cloister.
  • Sir George Gilbert Scott based the design of the church tower and spire on St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol, which has almost identical dimensions, as well as a similar finish.
  • The church was constructed within the boundary of the original churchyard that had been used since the 13th century, and as such fills much of it with its large dimensions. The lack of ground space around the church, plus the now mature trees that line Kensington High Street, make a view of the entire structure almost impossible.

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Architect
George Gilbert Scott
Main Contractor
Dove Brothers

Reference Data

Reference No.
1440
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
16-10-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Kensington Church Street, London. W8 4LA
Council
Kensington and Chelsea
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1869
Construction start date
1872
Completion date
1879
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
85.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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