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
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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
Completed1852
Design and construction
ArchitectBenjamin Broadbridge
Main contractorThomas Corby

HistoryEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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.