Our Grade II Listed Building


St Joseph’s Church has been a beacon of faith and hope in our beautiful corner of North London for more than 165 years. As a Grade II* listed, the building is regarded by Historic England as a place with ‘considerable architectural and historical interest’, and in the top 8% of listed buildings in the UK. An unmissable presence on Highgate Hill, the magnificent copper dome dominating the skyline from so many vantage points, the church has weathered wars, hurricanes and immense social change in the parish.

Right now, we urgently need to address the fabric of the building itself.

Over recent years work was done to repair the dome, redecorate the church’s interior and restore our Grade 1 listed William Hill Organ.

Extensive renovation work was carried out on St. Joseph’s Church between 2015 and 2019, with funding made available by the generosity of you, our parishioners, via the Giving in Faith appeal. 

The focus of the work carried out over that period was on the core of the Church; externally the Copper Dome, and the main roof, and internally the restoration and decoration of the areas beneath, including restoring our Grade 1 listed William Hill Organ. All works had to be carried out in line with guidance from Westminster Diocese and English Heritage, as St Joseph’s is a Grade II* listed building, and is presently regarded by Historic England as being in the top 8% of listed buildings in the country as a building with considerable architectural and historical interest. 

The newly formed Conservation Committee under the recommendation of a conservation architect are managing the following works:

  • Repairs to the flat roofs and gutters on both sides of the Church (Highgate Hill and Dartmouth Park Hill) 
  • Internal decoration of the areas beneath the flat roofs, namely the meeting rooms, halls and porch area (on the Highgate Hill side), and the alcoves in the main church (on the Dartmouth Park Hill side
  • Carrying out a review of the state of the Copper Dome and main roof areas of the Church to ensure that no new problems have arisen since the previous work took place.
  • Repairs to the flat roofs and gutters on both sides of the Church (Highgate Hill and Dartmouth Park Hill) 
  • Internal decoration of the areas beneath the flat roofs, namely the meeting rooms, halls and porch area (on the Highgate Hill side), and the alcoves in the main church (on the Dartmouth Park Hill side
  • Ceiling repair and refurbishment of the Red room, and other public accessible areas in the Monastery part of the build

The Conservation Committee, will oversee these works and look at longer term conservation to preserve our historic heritage building. They will explore external sources of funding and look at other creative ways to raise funds so that we have a sustainable model for the future. As Stewards of St Joseph’s we have a shared responsibility for its continuity and upkeep and a duty to pass it on to future generations as it has been passed down to us. 

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