All Saints, Margaret Street

Monday, March 28th 2016

We had visited All Saints Church in Margaret Street a number of times, hoping to see the interior, but each time finding it closed. We tried again today and were in luck: it was open!

Looking along Margaret Street
Looking along Margaret Street

All Saints has been described as ‘a hidden gem’ and the photo above shows why: looking along Margaret Street, you could easily not notice that there was a church there at all.

The church was designed in 1850 by William Butterfield, an architect closely associated with the Gothic revival in architecture that was to become the architectural signature of the Victorian age. He was also connected with the Oxford Movement, which favoured richly decorated churches. It is a Grade I listed building.

The Courtyard
The Courtyard

The entrance is set back from the street in a small courtyard. This is accessed through a medieval-style gate and gives an impression similar to that of entering a castle or fortress, though in miniature.

Exterior details Exterior details
Exterior details

Though the exterior is carefully styled and decorated it doesn’t prepare us for the splendour that lies within.

Looking along the nave to the altar
Looking along the nave to the altar

The soaring forms lead the eye upwards and then draw it down to focus on the altar with its coloured altar cloth and the wealth of scultured forms behind it.

The vaulted roof
The vaulted roof

Church ceilings are often dark as though to escape notice but this one is designed to stand out and be noticed.

A tile mosaic
A tile mosaic

The pulpit
The pulpit

Stained glass window
Stained glass window
Stained glass windows

Confession: The four photos of the exterior were taken on November 22nd 2014 but the others were taken during our visit today.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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7 Responses to All Saints, Margaret Street

  1. WOL says:

    It is indeed a gem. Sometimes the Victorians get it right. What a feast for the eye!

  2. Anna says:

    Magnificent architecture and truly splendid glassworks, the colours are spectacular, thank you for this lovely blog. X ☺

  3. This is a little jewel box. So intricate.

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