Sir John Betjeman wrote:-
The Ancient Monuments Society wrote:-
As a result of all this protest, the Department of the Environment responded to the public snood by listing the Church Grade 2 as 'being of special architectural and historic merit.' This listing was for the outside of the building only. Unfortunately for the later story of the building, nobody noticed at the time that the inside, which was outstanding, was not separately listed. This was a fatal mistake which was to have very serious effects later and lost to Muswell Hill, among other things, an organ worth £50,000 at 1976 prices. Haringey Planning Department rejected the application to demolish and redevelop. The exterior of the Church was safe and with it the integrity of the Broadway shopping facade. BROACH had won the first battle, but victory was not yet secure.
In February 1977 the Church appealed against the rejection, despite the fact that the building was now listed. BROACH opposed as strongly as before and circulated all previous supporters, asking them to protest once again. The Planning Corrumilittee, strengthened by the listing, rejected the application once again. The building appeared to be saved so BROACH concentrated on the future.
Alternative Uses of the Building
Nonconformist churches were often designed for singing and music and The Broadway Church was famous for its sound. Felix Aprahamium, the music critic for the Sunday Times, had lived in Muswell Hill all his life and knew the church well. He wrote:
The Presbyterian Church organ, which was known for its high quality, was still in place.