ALL SAINTS' CHAPEL

London Colney, Hertfordshire

All Saints' Chapel, London Colney, Hertfordshire

All Saints’ Pastoral Centre was begun in 1899 and finished in 1901 as a convent for the All Saints’ Sisterhood. The designer was Leonard Stokes. This was by and large what is today the quadrangle and associated rooms on the ground floor.

In the early 1920s a decision was made to construct a very large Chapel on the side of the building and it is this which dominates today. The Architect was the renowned Sir Ninian Comper (hence it is known as “the Comper Chapel”) and the ambitious design was completed in two halves. The first, purely Comper’s work, was finished in 1927. The second half was completed by his son, Sebastian, in 1963.

The Chapel is very reminiscent of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge and is typical of Comper’s gothic revivalist style. The whole site was acquired by the Catholic Diocese of Westminster in 1973. Since that time it has been used to house conferences and events.

In 2011 it was announced that it was to be sold to property developers thus ending over 100 years’ of public accessibility to the site.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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