St Cyprian's, Clarence Gate

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St. Cyprian's, Clarence Gate
The exterior of St Cyprian's church
St. Cyprian's, Clarence Gate is located in City of Westminster
St. Cyprian's, Clarence Gate
St. Cyprian's, Clarence Gate
Location of St Cyprian's Church in London
51°31′28″N 0°9′36″W / 51.52444°N 0.16000°W / 51.52444; -0.16000
OS grid reference TQ2782
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Architect(s) Ninian Comper
Style Gothic Revival
Parish St. Cyprian, Marylebone
Deanery Westminster Marylebone
Archdeaconry Charing Cross
Diocese Diocese of London

St Cyprian's Church is an Anglican church in the Marylebone district of London, UK. It is dedicated to Saint Cyprian, a third-century martyr and Bishop of Carthage and is located by the south-western corner of Regent's Park, just off Baker Street.


The church was designed by Ninian Comper in a Gothic Revival style and built in 1903. It was built in red brick with stone dressings. The building has a nave, aisles and clerestory, but no tower, and features Perpendicular window tracery and stained glass by Comper. St Cyprian's was designed to reflect Comper's emphasis on the Eucharist and the influence on him of the Oxford Movement, and he said his church was to resemble "a lantern, and the altar is the flame within it".[1]

The interior, also in the Perpendicular style, features a white and gold colour scheme with ornate furnishings, including a finely carved and painted rood screen and a gilded classical font cover. The timber hammerbeam roof features tie beam trusses with panelled tracery spandrels. Comper's stated aim was "to fulfil the ideal of the English Parish Church ... in the last manner of English Architecture".[2]

The building is regarded as one of London's most beautiful churches. Ian Nairn described the church as "a sunburst of white and gold and all-embracing love… the moment you go in through the door you know that everything is absolutely right".[3]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Edited by Chris; Saint, Andrew (1995). The Victorian church : Architecture and society. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-4020-7. 
  2. ^ "Church of St Cyprian, Clarence Gate". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Why Ian Nairn, outspoken critic of postwar modernism, is as relevant as ever". The Grauniad. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′28″N 0°9′36″W / 51.52444°N 0.16000°W / 51.52444; -0.16000