Sunday 27 July 2008

Alfred Waterhouse - the greatest name in late victorian architecture?

I pass this church more often than I can recall and have been fascinated by it - it's a great location (esp. with St Stephen's opposite) and so thought it was time to complete the local picture.

For those that don't know it is on the corner of Lyndhurst Road and Rosslyn Hill, just up from the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.

It was completed in 1884 and was the main congregational church in north london.

It is designed by Alfred Waterhouse (which explains the Waterhouse Close behind the church).

The building is known as Lyndhurst Hall and is since December 1992 the home to AIR Studio's. This is famous for being founded by Sir George Martin, producer to the Beatles. The studios have been inordinately successful...

Waterhouse is more famous for being the designer for the National Liberal Club, Natural History Museum, Manchester Council House and a raft of other classics of the later Victorian era.

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