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St Peter's Church, Arkley Barnet

Summary

St Peter's Church was built in 1840 at the expense of Enoch Durant of High Canons, Shenley as a private chapel. Durant died in 1848 and a wall tablet in the church commemorates him. After Durant's death the advowson was later transferred to the rector of Barnet. The chapel was consecrated, and an ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1905. The church grounds consist of a garden with shrubs, seats and lawn. Near the church is the War Memorial.

Basic Details

Site location:
Barnet Road, Arkley, Hertfordshire

Postcode:
EN5 3JF ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Churchyard

Date(s):
1840

Designer(s):
Church: George Beckett

Listed structures:
LBII: St Peter's Church

Borough:
Barnet

Site ownership:
Diocese of St Albans

Site management:
Church

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Bus: 107

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2000
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ224957 (522420,195770)

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

St Peter's Church, Arkley

St Peter's Church, September 2000. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

The meaning of the village name of Arkley is unclear, although 'ley' probably refers to a clearing. Throughout the C19th the village was commonly referred to as Barnet Common or West Barnet but later the older name was revived. St Peter's Church is a large red-brick church with part flint facing, which was built in 1840 to designs of George Beckett. It was built at a cost of £5,000 at the expense of Enoch Durant of High Canons as a private chapel. Durant died in 1848 and a wall tablet in the church by Westminster Marble Company commemorates him. The flint-faced chancel was added in 1898 by J C Traylen. After Durant's death the advowson was later transferred to the rector of Barnet. The chapel was consecrated, and an ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1905. It is now a perpetual curacy, the patronage having been transferred by the rector to the bishop of St Albans.There are memorial slabs with some 150 names inscribed affixed on the back wall of the church. The church grounds consist of a garden with shrubs, seats and lawn. Near the church is the War Memorial commemorating the war dead from the village, erected in 1920.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner,'The Buildings of England: London 4: North (1998); 'Parishes: Barnet', A History of the County of Hertford: volume 2 (1908), pp. 329-337; www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/places-a/arkley.htm

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