All Saints' Church, Petersham, London
|former All Saints' Church, Petersham|
|OS grid reference||TQ 183 730|
|Location||Bute Avenue, Petersham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, TW10 7AX|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Founder(s)||Rachael Laetitia Ward|
|Functional status||now a private residence|
|Heritage designation||Grade II listed|
|Designated||25 June 1983|
All Saints' Church, Petersham in Bute Avenue, Petersham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is a Grade II listed former church which is now used as a private residence. Designed by Leeds architect John Kelly, it was commissioned in 1899 by Rachel Laetitia Warde (née Walker) (1841–1906) to accommodate the expected suburban expansion of Petersham and as a memorial to her parents, using funds from the estate of her father Samuel Walker (1812–1898) who had died the previous year. However, she died three years before it was finished and the project was completed by her son Lionel (1876–1963).
History and description
The church, with a separate church hall and institute, was erected in the grounds of Bute House (previously the residence of British Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, and which was demolished in 1908). It was built in the style of a basilica in red brick and terracotta. Cherry and Pevsner described the architectural style as "Emphatically Italian Early Christian or Romanesque".
The church was never consecrated as the anticipated growth in Petersham's population never took place. But it was used occasionally by the parish and also by the Greek Orthodox Church. It continued to be used for weddings until 1981 but ceased to be used as a church in 1986.
It was also used as a recording studio and as a location for filming.In January 1976 Luciano Pavarotti recorded his best-selling O Holy Night album (reissued as a CD in 1990) in the church. Other recordings made at the church include an album of songs by Alexander Borodin and Alexander Dargomizhsky, performed by Sergei Leiferkus, Semion Skigin and Leonid Gorokhov.
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