All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London

The Grade I Listed All Saints Church is William Butterfield’s celebrated masterpiece of Victorian High Gothic with a lavish interior of limestone, alabaster and ceramic decoration.

It was completed in 1859, and the years’ of atmospheric pollutants and the smoke from candles, gas lamps and incense had dulled its gorgeous polychromy. Additionally, changing fashion from decoratively elaborate to plainer interiors also resulted in much overpainting of the highly ornate surfaces.

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DBR London has carried out significant conservation work to restore All Saints to its former splendour.

Overpaint coatings were carefully removed from stone dressings to reveal the decorative mastic inlay, the ingrained grime was removed from the ceramic and alabaster surfaces, and the Minton tiled floors were refurbished.

The project also included the reintroduction of decorative stencil schemes to roof timbers and wall niches, as well as the conservation of the Chancel’s gilding and paintings.

After the work, in 2014, All Saints Church was chosen by English Heritage as one of the ten great buildings that changed the face of Britain.

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