All Saints on Margaret Street, Soho, London W1
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In 1841, the Cambridge Camden Society announced a plan to build a 'Model Church on a large and splendid scale' which would represent important aspects of Society. The brief was concise and challenging, even for the most experienced of architects: the building needed to be in the Gothic style of the late 13th and early 14th centuries, and most importantly, be built so that the 'Rubrics and Canons of the Church of England may be consistently observed, and the Sacraments rubrically and decently administered’.
In 1859, All Saints Church on Margaret Street in Soho, just behind Oxford Street, was completed and is regarded as one of the foremost examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in Britain.
It was designed in 1850 by William Butterfield, an architect with a strong heritage in designing places of worship, and the man who, it was decided, could fulfill the brief while encouraging worship through architecture. The red brick church, strongly associated with Gothic revival, was built around a small courtyard with an adjoining vicarage and a choir school.
The interior of this Grade 1 listed building, is noted for being architecturally fascinating and decoratively beautiful. The colourful tiling designed by Butterfield, stunning stained glass windows, and the dramatic chancel will take your breath away. William Butterfield successfully combined coloured and engineered brick that were both decorative and functional. His imaginative use of brick became a massive influence in house building at the time, versions of which could be seen in streets all over Victorian Britain.
Whether you are seeking a place of worship, a quiet break from the frenetic pace of the West End or you have an interest in design and architecture, All Saints Margaret Street is worth seeking out. In January 2014 All Saints Margaret Street was mentioned by Simon Thurley, head of English Heritage, as one of the ten buildings that have changed the face of Britain.
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