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Church Of St Luke

Address : High Street Leagrave, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0565623705

Site Status : Grade II listed

Statutory List Description : Church. 1956. Seely and Paget. Grey-brown brick with red dressings and stone capitals and keystones. Brown pantiled roof to eaves; roofs of projecting wings of low pitch covered in copper sheets. Long, narrow double-height church space with gallery to liturgical north and ancillary rooms and chapel in 2-storey wings which project symmetrically from the road front, creating a `butterfly' plan. Entrance beneath gallery within 3-bay loggia to road front. 2-storey elevation to road. 5-bay centre, with round-headed openings, three central ones forming entrance loggia with flanking lunettes and cross-mullioned timber gallery windows above. Jutting 2 storey wings of 3 bays with small rectangular windows to inner faces and 3 giant order arches to returns. Paired dormers to centre of the roof, with linking segmental pedimented aedicule containing bell. Concrete roof finial surmounted by a cross, and with urns to its four supporting buttresses. All windows with timber frames and rectangular leaded lights. Rear with four round-headed windows set in round-headed relieving arches. Interior with giant round-headed arcade to north encompassing choir gallery which also houses the organ. Aisleless. Round-headed relieving arches with inset round windows to south side. Modillion cornice to flat plastered ceiling. Walls step diagonally inwards to short narrow sanctuary separated by timber balustrade from nave, and containing behind the altar a large painting of Christ by Norman Blamey. Font in centre at west end has a round, moulded stone bowl on brick piers and a timber cover with scrolled finials. An unusually planned church on account of its symmetry across the short axis and its projecting two-storey wings, features which give the building a civic rather than an ecclesiastical appearance. It is one of the most original and imaginative pieces of church design of its date, demonstrating the architects' deep understanding of classical architecture. It is also important for its fine work of art.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

Site Location (OS map and aerial view)

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External Links

Bing Maps view - an angled aerial view centred on the current site, which is marked with a blue dot. Bing enables you to move round and view all four sides of the building (n.b. when viewing from other angles, the blue dot may not always indicate the correct building).

St. Luke, Leagrave - St. Luke’s Church official website which includes a small history section.

Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture - you might find this helpful if you are not familiar with all the architectural terms used to describe this site. There are links to other glossaries on our Links page.

Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to the Church Of St Luke and are all within about 2000 metres :

Black Swan Lane
The Black Swan [Draft Local List]
Bramingham Road
Little Bramingham Farmhouse [Grade II listed]
Compton Avenue
59 & 61 Compton Avenue [Draft Local List]
High Street Leagrave
Moorlands High School (formally Leagrave Hall) [Draft Local List]
Wesleyan Chapel [Draft Local List]
Marsh Road
War Memorial [Draft Local List]
10 Marsh Road - Pines Hotel [Draft Local List]
Oakley Road
223 Oakley Road [Draft Local List]
Station Road
Leagrave Train station [Draft Local List]
Trinity Road
Holy Trinity Church [Grade II listed]
Trinity church hall [Draft Local List]
81 Trinity Road - Original Baptist Chapel [Draft Local List]

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