Mile End Vestry Hall

Every so often on my Sunday morning walks, I go past the old Mile End Vestry Hall in Bancroft Road and am invariably impressed by the quality of its classical detailing.   Pevsner is a bit snooty about this style of architecture, describing it merely as a liberal interpretation of an Italian Renaissance style, ’emulating the solid Italianate popularized by Charles Barry’s Traveller’s Club in the 1840s’, but I am impressed by how little known the architect is – J.M. Knight who was also responsible for the local Board offices in Leyton twenty years later – and well considered the detailing:-

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