St Martin's Church, Knebworth

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    St Martin's Church, Knebworth
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    The west front
    St Martin's Church, Knebworth is located in Hertfordshire
    St Martin's Church, Knebworth
    St Martin's Church, Knebworth
    Shown within Hertfordshire
    Coordinates: 51°51′55″N 0°10′54″W / 51.8654°N 0.1818°W / 51.8654; -0.1818
    DenominationChurch of England
    Heritage designationGrade II* listed
    Architect(s)Edwin Lutyens, Albert Richardson
    Completed20th century
    DioceseSt Albans
    RectorRev Charles King

    St Martin's Church is an active Anglican church in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, England. The building, which is designated grade II*,[1] was designed by Edwin Lutyens in an Italianate style. It is constructed in brick.


    The church was built to serve the expanding settlement on the Great North Road near Knebworth railway station, over a mile from the medieval parish church St Mary and St Thomas. Before World War I there was a plan by the local landowners, the Bulwer-Lytton family, to develop Knebworth as a type of garden village. This plan was only partly realised, but it resulted in several commissions for Lutyens including a clubhouse for the local golf course and Homewood, a dower house for his mother-in-law, Edith Bulwer-Lytton, Countess of Lytton.[2]

    Construction began in 1914, but the building was not completed according to the architect's intentions. When the church was consecrated in 1915, it was in an incomplete state because of cutbacks caused by World War I. The west front was added in the 1960s and was designed by Sir Albert Richardson. Richardson did not follow Lutyens' intention to give the church a portico, but his contribution has been described as "harmonious".[1]


    The plastered interior features limited use of Portland stone. The aisles are separated from the nave by small arches on Tuscan columns.[3]


    On 27 May 1968, the church was designated a grade II* listed building.[3]

    See also


    1. ^ a b "Church of Saint Martin". Historic England.
    2. ^ Skelton, Tim (2009). "Visit to Knebworth Village". The Lutyens Trust. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
    3. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Martin (1174371)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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