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St. Stephen's Rosslyn Hill

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St. Stephen's Rosslyn Hill
St. Stephen's Church


Structure in General

existing [completed]




  • Famous local residents who are patrons of the St. Stephen's Restoration & Preservation Trust include the actors Jude Law, Helena Bonham-Carter and Judi Dench as well the movie directors Sam Mendes, Anthony Minghella and Mike Newell.
  • St. Stephen’s is Grade I Listed.
  • St. Stephen’s, which is a masterpiece of mid-Victorian Gothic revival, is clearly French in influence with a huge square tower and steeply sloping roofs whilst the design takes advantage of the sloping site to provide a crypt at the eastern end underneath the apse.
  • The first phase of restoration will see the underpinning of the Nave columns and the excavation of the undercroft; the windows will initially be filled with clear glass to render the building weather-proof until the arrival of stained glass in the final phase of restoration.
  • The church is built of red-coloured Dunstable brick with decorative stone bands and dressings of Kentish ragstone; the raised metal skeletal clock faces are particularly intriguing for a building of this period.
  • When restored, the church will provide classrooms and facilities in the undercroft for the Pre-Prep branch of Hampstead Hill School. The main body of the church (which will remain largely unaltered) will be a Lifelong Learning Centre for IT, Basic Skills training and a community performance area.
  • The cost of construction, raised by subscription and donations, was initially estimated at £7,500, though the final cost was around three times this sum.
  • St. Stephen’s was constructed to provide extra worship space of around 1,200 places needed for an expanded congregation caused by the building of houses in Hampstead and Belsize Park.
  • The highly decorated polychromatic interior, which is one of the most spectacular in England, is faced in panels and stripes with Huntingdon bricks of white, yellow and grey as well as Venetian glass by Salviati & C and alabaster roundels.
  • The church became redundant in 1977, fell into dereliction, succumbed to vandalism and was given an emergency repair grant from the Greater London Council in 1985.
  • In 1864 the design of the church was offered to Ewan Christian who turned down the offer.
  • Subsidence affected the church from the late 19th to the early 20th century whilst severe cracking was caused by the digging of foundations for the nearby Royal Free Hospital in 1969.
  • The church was consecrated on 31st December 1869 by the Bishop of London.

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Rosslyn Hill
Rosslyn Hill
United Kingdom

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132.87 ft
132.87 ft

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