London mosques listed for historic and cultural significance

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

Britain's first purpose-built mosque, in Woking, Surrey, has also been given greater protection, with its listing upgraded to Grade I, and the first functioning mosque in the country, in Liverpool, now has Grade II* status. It has been given Grade I listed status.

The heritage group said the Government would add two London buildings to the protected lists and upgrade the status of two others on its advice, amid concerns that non-Christian religious buildings had not received enough attention.

"By listing these attractive mosques, we are not only preserving important places of worship, but also celebrating the rich heritage of Muslim communities in England", said heritage minister Michael Ellis.

The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent's Park, central London, and the Fazl Mosque in the southwest of the British capital were also given special listed status on Tuesday.

"By listing these attractive mosques, we are not only preserving important places of worship, but also celebrating the rich heritage of Muslim communities in England".

It will be given the Grade II* listing.

The Fazl Mosque, Southfields, which was the first purpose-built mosque in London and only the second such building in Britain, has been given Grade II status.

Although there are around 1,500 mosques in Britain, fewer than 20 per cent are purpose-built according to Heritage England, which compiles the listings.

A fund to establish a central London mosque was set up in 1910, but the Regent's Park location was only secured in the 1940s and building work was finally completed in 1977.

Situated in a wealthy corner of the Home Counties, the Shah Jahan mosque was commissioned by one of the more unusual figures from Britain's Muslim history.

Gottlieb Leitner was born to a Jewish family in Hungary before converting to Islam while working as a linguist in British India.

Built by an English architect, William Chambers, in the Orientalist style and partly funded by the Indian female ruler of Bhopal, the mosque is still used for daily prayer.

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