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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1376609



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County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthoritySouthwarkLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 25-Sep-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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UID: 470615

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636/9/10098 R C Church of the Most Holy Trinity and presbytery


Roman Catholic church by H.S. Goodhart-Rendel, the presbytery completed by the successor practice of F.C. Broadbent and Partners after Goodhart-Rendel's death With attached presbytery. 1957-60. Yellow and red brick in polychrome patterns with some blue brick. Tiled roof to eaves. Rectangular plan with tall passage aisles, confessionals opening individually off south aisle, western gallery; altar in short narrow sanctuary against east wall; new altar introduced in the 1970's in forward position within sanctuary along with tabernacle plinth and lecture . The church is dominated by paired polygonal western towers with main entrance between, set in tall aedicule, with five-light transomed window above. Low conical roofs to towers; which have segmental louvred openings to their top stages. Semi-circular mullioned windows high in the wall on north flank; similar windows to south side, but three of these with five-light windows below. Transept roof oversails the nave roof and transepts are each dominated by nine-light segmental headed windows. Five-light segmental east window high in the wall. Horizontal strips decorate lower parts of towers, contrasted with diagonal stripes to the diagonal walls of the aedicule. Green marble square-headed door surround with projecting hood and nine windows around having quatrefoil decoration. Large scale petal decoration to double doors. Flank walls with large interweave pattern to lower walls and hexagon pattern above, with a pattern of red headers on a yellow background between. Presbytery attached to east end is L-shaped in plan, of brick with pitched slated roof to eaves. Patterned in two colours, being striped in red on yellow background with a panel of red brick to stair projection. Free neo-Georgian manner, with sash windows, segmental-headed to ground floor and staircase, square above. Windows to staircase have cills which step down diagonally. Sash windows with glazing bars to upper leaves, and to both leaves of staircase window. Projecting porch with segmental entrance to right of staircase. Interior of church with round-headed transverse arches and barrel vaults to each bay. Tie-rods. North and south aisles at eastern end vaulted in a half-barrel and sanctuary barrel-vaulted. Tall semi-circular headed arcades with transverse barrel roofs and semi-circular headed openings for passage aisles. Steps up to sanctuary, which is lined with contrasting grey and buff stone with 2 levels of pilaster decorations beneath a cornice. Original marble altar against east wall, raised on a step. Decorative gilded tester with hexagonal coffers. Later altar of marble in forward position, and polygonal stone font also in sanctuary. Low wall of moulded green stone, at base of sanctuary steps. Stripy stone ambo of green and buff stone attached to wall on north side of chancel. Simple light timber pews. An impressive building and a fine example of Goodhart-Rendel's work, showing his use of polychrome brickwork, inspired by High Victorian churches and his powerful use of concrete to achieve a manipulation of sculptural form and spatial and exciting arrangement.

Listing NGR: TQ3393079664

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National Grid Reference: TQ 33930 79664


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