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Church of St Matthew

Address : Wenlock Street, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0938021979

Site Status : Grade II listed

Statutory List Description : 1875-76 by G Vialls. Simple and dignified early English style but with three sided apsidal chancel. Exterior of Luton grey bricks with tiled roofs, crested ridge tiles and stone finials. Plan of aisled nave with north and south porches, and chancel with vestry to north and organ with chapel to south. Chancel has deep moulded brick frieze to eaves; three triple lancet windows with plate tracery; slightly pointed arches and continuous moulded brick drip mould. Four bay nave. Both nave and aisles have moulded brick dentil frieze to eaves. Nave has two clerestory lancet windows to each bay with brick drip moulds. Aisles have smaller lancets in stone surrounds with buttresses dividing the bays. The apex of the gables of the south and north porches are divided up into squares by moulded brick bands. Very plain moulded doorways. Recessed double doors with stone trumeau and quatrefoil decoration in the tympana. West end has five lancet windows with quatrefoil in gable. Small brick belfry with two bells and surmounted by stone cross. Interior walls of light red brick. Nave arcades on stone pillars with foliated capitals. Clerestory windows have dentil frieze above and basketwork frieze below. Roof trusses spring from foliated corbels. Arch braced roofs to aisles. Banded red and grey brick to chancel.

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).

The Creation of Saint Matthew’s - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

Alterations And Repairs To Saint Matthew’s - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

Francis Frith photo, 1897 - an 1897 photo of St. Matthew’s Church on the Francis Frith website.

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 Matthew and are all within about 200 metres :

Havelock Road
11-21 Havelock Road [Draft Local List]
36 Havelock Road - Former Norton College, Hat Factory, Feather Sorting Factory [Draft Local List]
High Town Road
High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
High Town Methodist Church Hall [Grade II listed]
The Painters Arms Public House [Grade II listed]
Gates, Dwarf Wall And Railings To High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
48 & 48A High Town Road [Draft Local List]
70 High Town Road - Former Co-op [Draft Local List]

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