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St Stephen's Second Chance

By Zoe Craig Last edited 101 months ago
St Stephen's Second Chance
An early picture of St Stephen's church being renovated
An early picture of St Stephen's church being renovated
St Stephen's, early on in the restoration process
St Stephen's, early on in the restoration process
Mid-way through the restoration of St Stephen's
Mid-way through the restoration of St Stephen's
Can you tell what it is yet? Further on in the restoration process
Can you tell what it is yet? Further on in the restoration process
Ta-daa! St Stephen's as it looks today, all shiny and restored
Ta-daa! St Stephen's as it looks today, all shiny and restored

At Londonist we firmly believe in second chances.

So, we are pleased to read that St Stephen's, Hampstead, which has been standing empty and neglected for more than 30 years, is coming back to life this spring.

The building, designed by Greenwich lad Samuel Sanders Teulon (1812-73), is considered one of London's finest Victorian Gothic churches. Completed in 1869, the church closed for worship in 1977 as congregations dwindled, and the building fell into a derelict state.

Luckily, proposals to develop luxury flats (radical!) and a hospital car park (we hope they still got one) were dismissed, and the building achieved Grade 1 listed status. Squatters tried their luck until, in 1999, the St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust was awarded a lease to restore the church. St Stephen's has been transformed into a multi-purpose event space.

Now funky young theatre company Antic Disposition are taking residency of the £4m-refurbed space, and breathing new life into the old building. Their season is called Second Chances, and features The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Christmas Carol.

Book tickets to see Edmund Pevensie, Claudio (Much Ado), and Dickens' Scrooge get their second chances, just as St Stephens has, at www.anticdisposition.co.uk.

Last Updated 15 January 2009

SallyB

Be interesting to know if this is the same church that was used in that Branagh film:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
What a great work space!

M@

St Stephen's is the spookiest looking church in North London. I'm glad they're restoring it. Waiting for the C11 would not be the same without that creepy gothic pile looming out of the darkness.

Richytee

Great to hear about the completion of St Stephen's restoration. I'm a descendant of the original architect and went to find the church one day following instructions from my Dad. Was very fortunate to see inside as someone was there taking photos. I look forward to visiting again one day.