Kensington Vestry Hall

The Kensington Vestry Hall is a historic building on Kensington High Street in Kensington, London, England. It houses Bank Melli Iran.

Kensington Vestry Hall
The Kensington Vestry Hall in 2006
General information
AddressKensington High Street
Town or cityLondon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′05″N 0°11′33″W / 51.5015°N 0.1926°W / 51.5015; -0.1926Coordinates: 51°30′05″N 0°11′33″W / 51.5015°N 0.1926°W / 51.5015; -0.1926
Design and construction
ArchitectBenjamin Broadbridge
Main contractorThomas Corby


The Kensington Vestry Hall was built by Thomas Corby in 1852.[1][2] It was designed by architect James Broadbridge.[1][2] Its construction was met with dismay by ratepayers, who complained about the outlandish railings.[3] They were finally removed in 1880.[2]

From 1889 to 1960, the building housed the Kensington Central Library.[2] It was dedicated by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll in November 1889.[4]

It has been listed as Grade II by English Heritage since April 15, 1969.[5] By 1998, it was "the only substantial remnant" of what the street looked like during the Victorian era.[3]

It is now home to Bank Melli Iran.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Watercolour of Kensington Vestry Hall by the architect James Broadbridge, 1852". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Sheppard, F. H. W., ed. (1973). "The village centres around St. Mary Abbots church and Notting Hill Gate". Survey of London: Volume 37, Northern Kensington. London: London County Council. pp. 25–41. Retrieved October 3, 2016 – via British History Online.
  3. ^ a b Denny, Barbara; Starren, Carolyn (1998). Kensington Past. London, U.K.: Historical Publications. pp. 7–8. ISBN 9780948667503. OCLC 42308455.
  4. ^ Denny, Barbara; Starren, Carolyn (1998). Kensington Past. London, U.K.: Historical Publications. p. 152. ISBN 9780948667503. OCLC 42308455.
  5. ^ a b "Bank Melli Iran, Formerly Public Library, Kensington and Chelsea". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved October 3, 2016.