Brompton Oratory

Conor MacNeill

London, United Kingdom

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The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly but incorrectly known as Brompton Oratory, is a Roman Catholic church in South Kensington, London. It is situated on Brompton Road, next to the Victoria and Albert Museum, at the junction with Cromwell Gardens.

A design from Herbert Gribble, then 29, won a competition in March 1876. The foundation stone was laid in June 1880; and the new church was consecrated on 16 April 1884. The church is faced in Portland stone, with the vaults and dome in concrete; the latter was heightened in profile and the cupola added in 1895, standing 200 feet (61 m) tall. It was the largest Catholic church in London before the opening of Westminster Cathedral in 1903. The competition specified the ‘Italian Renaissance’ style, but the Roman Baroque and Wren are also drawn on.

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