All Saints Pastoral Centre

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    The Comper Chapel
    All Saints Pastoral Centre

    All Saints Pastoral Centre is a complex of buildings at London Colney on the southern outskirts of St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. It was built as a convent for the Anglican Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor.

    The original buildings were designed by Leonard Stokes in 1899 and built in 1901 with a chapel added by Ninian Comper. It was Grade II* listed in 1972.[1] The complex was acquired by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster in 1973[2][3] and converted for use as a pastoral centre. It was sold to a property developer in 2011[4] with the sale finalised in 2014.[5]

    The property remains undeveloped, and in 2019 it was included in the Twentieth Century Society's (C20) Top 10 Buildings at Risk List 2019.[6]


    The main structure is built around a garden and has an inner cloister leading to the meeting rooms. The building has adapted to modern requirements but has retained its original beauty. The centre today caters to both residential and non-residential conferences, meetings and retreats mainly from the religious sector, and has good transport access to the diocese via the M25 motorway and Radlett railway station, both close by.

    Comper Chapel

    Attached to All Saints is an example of design by architect Ninian Comper. The first half of the chapel was completed in 1927. Due to demands for space it was expanded by Sir Ninian's son Sebastian in 1963. In the west end of the chapel below the rose window is a Harrison & Harrison organ.[7][8]

    From the roof of the Comper Chapel, accessed via the bell tower, a panorama stretching from Radlett around to St Albans is visible. From the roof the join between the more recent Sebastian and original Ninian chapels can be seen with the use of a cross brace securing the north and south walls.[7][8]

    See also


    1. ^ Historic England. "All Saints Pastoral Centre, including Chapel (Grade II*) (1295615)". National Heritage List for England.
    2. ^ John Julius Norwich (2002). Treasures of Britain: the architectural, cultural, historical and natural heritage of Britain (illustrated ed.). W. W. Norton & Company. p. 443. ISBN 978-0-393-05740-9.
    3. ^ "About us". Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
    4. ^ White, D. (29 December 2011). "Church sells London Colney pastoral centre". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
    5. ^ White, D. (2 February 2013). "London Colney's All Saints Pastoral Centre sale confirmed". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
    6. ^ "Historic London Colney building in top ten 'at risk' buildings list in country". Herts Advertiser. 1 November 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
    7. ^ a b Tony Aldous (1989). A prospect of Westminster: the continuing development of this historic city. Westminster City Council in Association with Westminster Property Owners Association. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-901602-03-9.
    8. ^ a b "The Comper Chapel". Archived from the original on 18 July 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.

    Coordinates: 51°42′42″N 0°18′04″W / 51.71179°N 0.30100°W / 51.71179; -0.30100