The New School-Chapel
Hampstead Road is a long way from Hampstead, even as Uxbridge Road has much divorcement, in distance, between itself and Uxbridge, In Hampstead Road, therefore, and its contiguous streets, one must not look for the amenities of the Northern Heights; if they do so, they will be disappointed. Seaton Street, at any rate, offers no charm, holds nothing to attract the ordinary visitor: yet for the faithful that thoroughfare is now invested with interest. and before very long it will have new dignity as a Catholic centre.
Seaton Street, in tact, is to begin to make religious history when Little Albany Street, somewhat further north and west in the district, leaves off. As readers of the Catholic Herald have long known, the old church in the latter street, opened eighty years ago, is within sight of its end as a place of worship. In its stead the Administrator, Canon John Dunford of St. Patrick's, Soho, is building a commodious school-chapel in Seaton Street; work is proceeding steadily and will be finished, it is expected, well within the present year.
The new St. Anne's has been designed
by Mr. T. H. Birchall Scott, F.R.1.B.A., the architect of many of our churches and schools in London and the Home Counties. His plan, as the accompanying picture shows, provides a building of two storeys, with a sufficient touch of the ecclesiastical about it to indicate a religious purpose. The chapel space. which will allow for a congregation of about 220 persons, is on the upper floor; the lower storey will have clubrooms convertible into classrooms.
When St, Anne's has reached the stage of being self-supporting, Canon Dunford will hand over the building to the Archdiocese, so that it may become a centre with its own clergy.