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1831.] New Churches.- All Saints, Poplar.
489 NEW CHURCHES.-No. XXXI. suckles. The next portion to be deAll Saints, PopLAR.
scribed is an irregular octagon, every
alternate face being rounded off, in Architect, Hollis.
the larger faces are circular dials surTHE first subject in the accompany- mounted by a pendant wreath of foliing engraving (Plate I.) is a north
age; to this succeeds an elegant little west view of the Church of the newly- temple of the composite order, which created parish of Poplar, the last of is manifestly copied from the campathe numerous parishes to which the nile towers of St. Paul's Cathedral ; noted village of Stepney has given it consists of a circular stylobate with birth.
projections corresponding with the The plan is parallelogrammatic, the angles of the substructure : this suseastern angles cut off by quadrants of tains a peristyle of eight columns, circles, and increased by the addition broken into couples by pairs of coof a small chancel. It is divided into lumns in advance before the peristyle, a tower and lobbies, a spacious area and having the projections in the styfor the nave of the Church unbroken lobate for their basement; the cella is by pillars, and a chancel, which, al- pierced with windows. A small temthough it is rectangular in its exter- ple with circular apertures succeeds, nal lines, is internally rounded at the forming the pedestal to the octagonal angles in the same manner as the obelisk, which is crowned with a vane. main edifice. The Church is built of The whole composition being 160 feet Portland stone, upon a plinth of gra
in height. nite. The western front is embel- The flanks are distinguished by a lished with a hexastyle portico of the portico, composed of a pair of colonic order, crowned with its entabla- lumns with corresponding antæ at the ture and a pediment, within which is western extremity, a style of decoration the principal entrance. The portico first introduced at St. Martin's, and is approached by a flight of steps, since copied into St. Pancras and the which, with the landing and accom- present structure. These columns are panying pedestals, are constructed of crowned with their entablature. At granite. The elevation is made into the eastern extremity are coupled two stories by a string course, and antæ instead of a repetition of the crowned by an entablature, which is portico, as at St. Martin's ; the intercontinued from the portico, and sur- mediate portion is made in height into mounted by a ballustrade. The stee- two stories by a string course, the ple, situated on the roof at the rear of lower contains five rectangular winthe portico, is a handsome composition dows, the upper the same number of in the style of Wren, and though infe- arched openings bounded by archi. rior in the delicacy of its proportions, traves. This portion is finished with and the harmony of its parts, to the the frieze and cornice continued from elegant steeple of the neighbouring the entablature, and is crowned with Church of Shadwell (vide vol. xciii.i. a ballustrade. The eastern front is 201, is still a handsome and pleasing on three portions; the curved ends of composition. Its constituent parts are a the Church form wings to the chanquadrilateral tower, forming the base- cel, and have windows as before ; in ment to a composition of great taste, the centre of the chancel is an arched consisting of an octagon basement, window, above which, in a large panel, and circular temple in succession, is the following inscription : crowned with an octangular obelisk.
“This parish Church of All Saints PopThe first portion, the tower, consists
lar, Middlesex, was consecrated on the of a rusticated stylobate pierced by
third day of July, MDCCCXXII. by the semicircular windows, and crowned
Right Reverend father in God, William with a cornice. The superstructure is Howley, D.D. (hy Divine permission), of the Corinthian order, and has an Lord Bishop of London. The Reverend arched window in every face, between Samuel Hoole, A.M. Rector; James Mountwo engaged columns, with, cou. tague, Churchwardeu and Treasurer; James pled antæ at each angle; the whole Carey, Churchwarden ; Charles Hollis, is crowned with an entablature and Architect; Thomas Morris, Builder; Tho blocking course, and at the angles are
mas Horne, Vestry Clerk." cinerary urns ornamented with honey. The whole is finished as above ; the Gent. Mag. Jiene, 1831.
New Churches.-All Saints, Poplar. '(June, chanceLis flanked by a porch and ves. A gallery surrounds the remainder of try corresponding in design.
the Church ; it is sustained on iron The entire structure is surrounded columns, which retire behind the line by a spacious cemetery, enclosed with of the fronts, the first range of pews iron rails; and opposite to the west being supported by means of canti.. front, but separated by a street, is the livers; the galleries are sustained on residence of the Rector.
iron trusses in the form of a low arch, THE INTERIOR.
with hollow spandrils. These trusses
stretch from column to column, and At the west end is a spacious triple from the columns to the side walls. lobby. The central portion, formed
The pulpit and reading-desks are within the tower, is groined with a
octangular. They are situated on opcircular opening for communication posite sides of the Church, and are of with the upper works; the lateral di
different altitudes; there is nothing visions contain the gallery stairs. The remarkable in the design of either. body of the Church is an unbroken The organ has a wainscot case, and area. The upright of the walls is re
occupies the centre of the western porlieved by pilasters on the piers be- tion of the gallery; it is flanked by setween the windows, and is finished condary galleries for the charity chil. with a cornice, forming the impost to dren, in addition to which, the upper the ceiling, which is coved at the sides, part of the side galleries is raised and and horizontal in the centre : the coved fronted with a balustrade, and apportion is ornamented in a singular pears like a second gallery ; this is and inelegant style by broad ribs rising also appropriated to the children. from above the pilasters. The hori.
The font, situated below the western zontal part of the ceiling is enriched gallery, is a plain circular basin of with three circular groups of flowers. marble, on a pillar of the same. The recess containing the chancel is
The Church is upon the whole very bounded by two piers, which are sur- creditable to the architect. He has mounted by a frieze and cornice, the avoided the common place imitation of former charged with perpendicular Grecian temples, which marks the leaves. The fore part is occupied by works of his professional brethren, a handsome screen composed of two and has shown a considerable degree columns and two antæ of scagliola, of judgment and taste in the construcin imitation of Sienna marble, with tion of his steeple, and in the decorastatuary capitals and entablature : on
tions of the altar, which particulars the cornice is placed the Royal arms. are perfectly orthodox, and are more The back of the recess is composed of pleasing decorations to a Church than a stylobate in imitation of porphyry, the pepper-box towers of the pseudo the rest of the walls being veined mar- Grecian school, and the plain miserable in the centre is an arched win.
terminations to the altars of most of dow between two pairs of antæ of the new Churches. verd antique, crowned with entabla.
The Church has been entirely built ture and pediment, on each side of by the parishioners, the inhabitants of which are the customary inscriptions. the ancient Hamlets of Poplar and The altar is, contrary to usual custom, Blackwall, formerly constituting one solid; it is raised on a platform of of the Tower Hamlets, and which five stairs in two flights, and is com- were erected into a parish by an Act posed of a pedestal of bronze with a
of Parliament of the 57th Geo. III. panel in the centre, charged with the 1817. In the original contract the sacred monogram, accompanied with
expense was estimated at 18,000l.; cartouches, and covered with a slab of the cost of the whole edifice, with its marble. The whole arrangement of appendages of parsonage-house, cemethe altar is highly creditable to the tery walls, &c. amounted to 33,0771. architect, and displays an excellent The expense of the Church was about specimen of the Italian school of de
20,0001. The organ was built by Russign. In the window is a painting sell, and the steeple is furnished with on glass of our Saviour, of which
a peal of ten bells. little can be said in praise ; it is cn- The first stone was laid on the 29th closed in a rich ornamented border,
of March, 1821, and the edifice conseand below it, on the pedestal on which crated on the 3d of July, 1823. the figure stands, is the Lord's prayer.
491 WEST HACKNEY CHURCH. pronaos, and communicating with the Architect, Smirke.
body of the Church, which is made in The second subject in our engraving breadth into a nave and side aisles, represents the west front and north
and in length into nine divisions. side of this Church. The plan gives a
The upright is in two stories; the first parallelogram for the body of the
consists of square piers, sustaining an Church, subdivided into a nave and
architrave cornice and an attic. The side aisles, with a portico and lobbies
second story is a colonnade of a spurious at one end.
doric, crowned with a mean entabla. The elevation is made into two dis
ture, and surmounted with a low attic; tinct portions, the first comprehends upon this rests the ceiling, which is the portico, pronaos, and tower, and horizontal and pannelled. The first the other the naos or body of the
division from the west is occupied by Church. The portico is hexastyle,
a vestibule covered with a gallery, exand composed of six fluted Grecian tending into the Church to a breadth doric columns, two being situated in equal to another division; the remainder the flanks, giving additional depth to
constitutes the part appropriated to the the portico, the whole surmounted by end of both the aisles is portioned off
congregation. A portion of the eastern the entablature of the order, and a pediment. The architecture of the Par
for vestries. thenon appears to be the prototype,
The mouldings of the higher and which under Mr. Smirke's pencil is
lower attic of the lateral colonnades, rendered fitting for a Church or a
are continued along the east wall, diplay-house, as occasion requires. At viding the elevation into two stories; the back of the portico are three en
the first is occupied by the altar screen. trances, with arched windows above This is a handsome design, composed them, peculiarly appropriate to Grecian
of Scagliola, and executed by Messrs. architecture, in which the arch is not to Croggan and Co. of Lambeth, in imitabe found. The entablature is continued
tion of statuary, porphyry, and yellow
The screen is in along the flanks of the pronaos, and antique marbles. here the order ends, and the large The tablets, with the decalogue, &c. on
three divisions ; the pilasters of yellow. meeting-house-like body commences. The tower commences with a stylobate, the side divisions, are of porphyry, and so low that there was no room for
in the centre is a large table of porphyry, the dial, which to the great detriment with the sacred monogram and cross of the design, is of necessity added to
in a splendid irradiation of ormolu; an upper portion of the elevation.
the entablature of statuary. The whole
is crowned with an attic; the face orUpon the stylobate is raised a circular temple, broken by antæ ; a part of the
namented with honeysuckles in gold, intervals between which is pierced. dispersed in bunches, with circles beAn entablature set round with Grecian
tween, inclosing passion flowers, being tile, and a dome (ribbed and sur
the same style of ornament as the mounted by a cross), finishes the whole
architect has introduced in Covent structure, which wants elevation. Garden Theatre, the passion-flower
The body of the Church has in the supplying the place of the national western front an arched window on
emblematic flowers; and indeed in each side of the pronaos. The flanks
almost every building of Mr. Smirke's, are made by breaks into three divi.
is the same style of decoration to be sions, each containing six windows in
found. It is to be regretted that such two tiers, the upper arched and the
mannerism should be the peculiar and lower nearly square ; the height of the distinguishing feature of the works of elevation being divided into two stories
so many of our celebrated architects, by a string course, and finished by servile resemblance to the architect's
The interior bears a striking and an architrave, cornice, and blocking other Churches at Wandsworth,* and
The eastern front has a cen. tral window, square, and made by fers but little from either of those
Bryanstone-square ;t the exterior difantæ into three lights; the elevation is divided and finished as before, and Churches, and the body in fact is the the lower story has two entrances.
same in all. It has an universality of THE INTERIOR
* Described in vol. xcix. pt. ii. p. 577. is approached by lobbies formed in the + Described in vol. xcvii. pt. ii. p. 9.
The Inscriptions on the Monument. (June, character, and will suit any portico of such restorations and such restorers. any order.
The ancient brasses, with the “ orate, The pulpit and desks, on opposite &c.” chiselled out, are parallel cases, sides of the centre division, are alike and I fear a feeling as irrational dicin design, but the reading-desk is not tated those injurious obliterations. In so high as the pulpit. They are each this instance nothing can be more falsustained in square pedestals, orna- lacious than the plea of restoration. mented with antæ.
Mr. Thornhill professes to be an adThe font is a shallow antique vase mirer of our national antiquities ; let on a circular pedestal.
us see to what his apology would lead The organ is situated in the western if universally adopted. A Saxon gallery; on the front of which is an Church exists, having an inscription inscription recording the consecration on one of its pillars recording the conof the Church.
secration of the Church by such a This Church is parochial, the old Bishop at a given date, say, sometime parish being divided into three distinct in the twelfth century; here then is parishes.* The first stone was laid an inscription which at first sight apon the 17th Nov. 1821, and the
pears to be at variance with truth. It Church was consecrated on the 10th is manifestly not original, and ought, April, 1824. It is calculated to hold in accordance with Mr. Thornhill's 636 persons in pews, and 1192 in free ideas of restoration, to be erased; yet seats, making a total of 1828. The would any person, would Mr. Thornamount of the contract, including in- hill himself, urge the destruction of it cidentals, 15,3021. 148.
upon such a ground? I feel certain E. I. C. that all who profess the least esteem
for the antiquities of the country, Mr. URBAN,
would exert themselves for its preserTHAT the inscriptions engraved on vation. Yet if originality alone gives the Monument on Fish-street Hill, value to an inscription, it ought to be spoke the language of the times in which erased, as well as those on the monuthey were set up, Mr. Thornhill (p. ment. The plea of restoration spe311) does not deny; so far they were cified, affords no apology for the eraoriginal, and so far they were va- sure of these inscriptions, and I fear luable. The sentiments contained in
Mr. Thornhill, with all his sagacity, them, whether just or unjust, had will be unable to justify the act. The become perfectly harmless; they of- thanks of your readers are due to him fended the feelings of no one, and they
for the valuable historical documents kept up, no national prejudice. The he has brought forward; but in my only light in which they could now humble opinion, by so doing he has be regarded, was in that of an histo- added to the value of the inscriptions, rical memorial, speaking the language by proving the existence of the feeling of times past, and affording evidence which gave rise to them, and at the of the universal belief of a plot, the same time showing that they were absurdity of which is so great, that genuine and authentic, inasmuch as at the present day we can scarce be- they were set up to record the belief lieve an enlightened nation could have of the majority of the nation on the credited it.
subject; and being so genuine and auThe destruction of any historical thentic, ought to have been suffered. memorial is a vile and useless act;
E, I, C. witness the democratic violence recently exercised against the fleurs-de-lis CHURCH OF Stow, co. Lincoln. on the French monuments, by the
(Concluded from p. 416.) Paris revolutionists; and as to the
IN viewing the interior of the once specious plea of restoration, I do not
fine Church of Stow,* there is one see how it can be said with any de
feeling which cannot fail to impress gree of propriety, that setting a la
the mind of every observer, and that bourer to cut several deep channels
is, commiseration for the ruinous state in the most conspicuous part of an
in which it is suffered to remain. The ancient monument, is restoring it. Heaven defend our antiquities from
nave appears never to have been pew.
* External and internal Views of this Vide the 4th Report of the Commis- Church are engraved in Howlett's Lincolnsioners.