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Rare building at risk in Haringey

A Victorian tin tabernacle in Bounds Green should be saved from demolition, according to the Victorian Society.

The Society has written to Haringey Council to oppose plans to replace Shaftesbury Hall on Herbert Road with a three-storey building containing an office and four flats.

This unusual former church is owned by the Samaritans. The charity has applied to knock down the 126-year-old building before, but was refused permission by both Haringey and the Planning Inspector in 2008.

'Not many nineteenth-century tin tabernacle churches still survive and those that do are a fascinating reminder of Victorian innovation', said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'Shaftesbury Hall is an intact example of one of these flat-pack churches built in the 1880s to serve the terraces which still surround it.'

'The tabernacle is closely linked to the history of the area and it would be a sad loss if it were demolished.'

The hall is not listed nor in a Conservation Area, but the Society believes that its clear historic interest means that Haringey must view Shaftesbury Hall as a ‘heritage asset' when considering the application.


Monday 16 May, 2011

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