Houses designed by James Pennethorne in Park Village West, Camden

Christ Church

James Pennethorne

1837

Yellow brick, stucco and stone

The corner of Albany Street and Redhill Street, Camden, London

[Now St George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral]

Listed Building

This neo-classical church is a bit of a curiosity. With its "fort-like yellow masonry" and "massive doorway" beneath a slimline "very graceful tower," it has been described as "one of the most asymmetrical architectural creations in London" (Davies 342) — though it is not so much asymmetrical as strangely proportioned. Nevertheless, it is not without its attractions. William Butterfield remodelled the interior in 1867, and a three-panelled Rossetti/Morris stained glass window depicting the Sermon on the Mount was installed in it at this time. Christina Rossetti was one of the members of the congregation here. After the church was closed in 1988, it was taken over by the Greek Orthodox Church, and is now known as St George's Cathedral.

Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee.

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