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Visiting St. Martin's Church, Kensal Green, London, England: Gothic Solidity by J.E.K. & J.P. Cutts, Dating From 1899

Updated on January 26, 2018
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St Martin's Church, Kensal Rise.
St Martin's Church, Kensal Rise. | Source

By noted designers of many late Victorian and early 20th century church buildings

Executed in red brick, the late 19th century Church of St. Martin, Kensal Rise, London, England, is certainly an example of Gothic solidity. Completely 1899, its pointed arch windows are complemented by a striking, large entrance arch, confirming the building's style as strongly Gothic, as do two parallel flying buttresses flanking the entrance arch.

Roof level pinnacles add to the Gothic style elements. Another conspicuous feature is a small rose window at the building's western elevation.

The building's design was by J.E.K. and J.P. Cutts (1). The brothers Cutts designed many church buildings in the London area.

A memorial stone at St. Martin's reads: "TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF CHARLES JOHN VAUGHAN DD [:] THIS STONE WAS LAID ON BEHALF OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA BY HRH PRINCESS HENRY OF BATTENBERG JULY 14 1899".(2)

The interior of the building contains some Arts and Crafts styling (3).

St Martin's Church is located at Mortimer Road, in the London Borough of Brent.

January 26, 2018

Notes

(1) Other buildings by J.E.K. and J.P. Cutts include Christ Church, Fulham; All Saints, East Finchley; St. Saviour, Upper Holloway; St. Philip's, Tottenham;St. Mark's, Enfield; and work on many other collaborative projects.

See also: https://londonchurchbuildings.com/category/j-e-k-j-p-cutts/ ; http://www.aim25.com/cgi-bin/vcdf/detail?coll_id=14959&inst_id=118&nv1=browse&nv2=sub, itself sourced from:A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982), pp. 236-241.

(2) Dr. Charles Vaughan (1816-1897) served variously as Headmaster of Harrow School (Harrrow Road lies close to St Martin's Church), Dean of Llandaff, Master of the Temple, and President of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. Princess Henry of Battenberg (1857-1944) was Queen Victoria's youngest daughter.

(3) See also: http://www.stmartinskensalrise.co.uk/church/?page_id=7

Some sourcing: Wikipedia


Map location of London Borough of Brent
Map location of London Borough of Brent | Source

Also worth seeing

At Willesden Green (distance: 2.9 kilometres) the Old Library, dating from 1894, includes features such as neo-Tudor panelling and a conical tower.

London has such huge numbers of visitor attractions that I will refer to only a small fraction of the principal ones; these include: Trafalgar Square; the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster; Westminster Abbey (where Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married); St. Paul's Cathedral; the Royal Albert Hall; and so many others.

How to get there

United Airlines flies from New York Newark Airport to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. Underground and train services link Heathrow Airport with Central London. Kensal Green station links with Central London via the Bakerloo Line of the London Underground and with London Euston Station via the London Overground. Please note that some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada

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