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Unknown Fifties church set for listing - image

A 1950s church in north-west London, designed by a relatively unknown French architect, is on the verge of securing a Grade-II listing.

Hector Corfiato's St William of York Roman Catholic church in Stanmore has been described as a 'rarely well-preserved' and 'particularly refined' example of its type.

The church has also been praised for its elegance and consistency of design - in particular the 'carefully crafted' detailing.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is now seeking the public's views on whether to give the red-brick building, built between 1959 and 1960, heritage protection.

Culture minister David Lammy said: 'It is rare to find a Roman Catholic Church retaining so many fine fittings and working so successfully and harmoniously as a single piece of creative design.

'And this consultation will now allow all members of the public, including amenity bodies, architects and other specialists, the opportunity to comment on the merits of this church before I make my decision.'

Interested parties should forward their opinions about the proposed listing to the DCMS before 23 February, by writing to: Elaine Pearce, Historic Environment Designation Branch, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5DH.

by Richard Waite

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