Amongst the bustling streets and cobbled stones of Notting Hill is a myriad of buildings important in their own right, and among them, St. Peter’s Notting Hill – a monumental Grade II* listed building nestled remarkably close Portobello Road. St Peter’s is not just an iconic landmark or an important architectural gem; it has been the lively hub and a pillar of the Notting Hill community since 1857 and still is today. In fact, one of our Domus Nova team was married there this year! Originally built by RIBA founder Thomas Allon, the church is now the subject of a major conservation project – in a bid to restore its former glory.
Earlier this year, an expert architectural survey showed urgent need to repair the distinctive lime-washed façade and west roof of St Peter’s. Whilst the interior was comprehensively refurbished in 2007 the façade has not been fully painted for nearly 30 years or properly restored since the 1930s.
Cracks have formed in the pillars attracting vandalism, weeds grow from fissures in the portico and most worryingly, parts of the decorative canopy below the first floor have deteriorated, leaving the building exposed to the rather unforgiving London weather.
St Peter’s must now raise £240,000 in order to restore the original and rare 'Roman cement' of the church’s historical exterior. As part of the Façade restoration appeal, the local community have done a fantastic job of grouping together to support numerous fundraising events over the past few months. Domus Nova is now thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring the next one!
The Grand Christmas Bazaar is a magical feast of gifts, games and festive farce, which will take place on November 12th for those who want to get a head start on Christmas (or simply for you particularly festive folk). For £15, you can have the opportunity to take one of the following Christmas masterclasses, including professional gilding techniques, Christmas floristry, cake decorating and a tutorial with Fine Cell Work.
There will also be a selection of Portobello’s finest vintage fashion for sale, a slew of Christmas decorations, Hutch Interiors gifts and décor and hand-embroidered cushions from Fine Cell Work. Peckish passers can visit the Christmas café for mulled wine and other festive foods, or take their chances in a luxury raffle. Ultimately, this is just a wonderful chance to eat, drink, (learn) and be merry – all to support a truly worthwhile cause.
St Peter’s is one of Notting Hill’s most iconic and best loved landmarks; a beacon for collaboration and community. We’d love if you could help us to keep it this way for everyone to enjoy.
St Peter’s Notting Hill; stpetersnottinghill.org.uk