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I’ve been photographing churches for several years, especially since my retirement in 2011. In December 2012 as I had a number of photos of churches in London it seemed a good idea to share them, especially as there seemed to be no comprehensive site for Greater London churches. From a fairly casual state it is now growing into a reasonably systematic coverage of the city.

I do all the visiting without using a car, making use of public transport and my own two feet. In London this allows me to use many short cuts and to get a much better appreciation of the area and environment in which the church sits.

Rather than building a new website I decided to use the WordPress blogging software that seemed to offer a very quick and efficient way to build what is basically a reference directory, even though the software is designed to produce an online diary. Each page is built using a simple template into which text, pictures can easily be added. Using the category feature it is also easy to add some indexing for each church, enabling simple pages for a location or architect to be displayed at a click.

Andrew


12 Comments

  1. Bill Johnstone says:

    I was head choirboy in St Catherines from 1949-54
    Happy memories
    Now live in France
    Many happy stories to tell,
    Bill Johnstone

  2. Bob Phillips says:

    Dear Andrew

    I am working with Patricia Ward on a small book about the history of our town – Tolworth, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Pat wrote a history of the Tolworth Parish of St. Matthew’s, published privately, 25 years ago. This new book is to some extent an extension of that earlier work.

    We want to have more illustrations in the new book, and one of the roles I am performing for Pat is to help with that side of the publication.

    There are two of your photographs that we would like to use as illustrations: the one of the spire of St. Matthews (the third photograph on the page on St Matthews) and the plaque to Mabella Coulthurst (below thhe spire photo, on the page).

    This is probably going to be a privately published book, again, with a very small circulation around the Tolworth area.

    I presume you are the holder of the copyright in these images. Can I ask you for permission to use the images in our book? How would you want the acknowledgement of copyright to be sytled?

    Thank you in anticipation of your help. If you could communicate directly with my email below and thus give me an email address to write to, that will probably make things easier.

    Bob Phillips

  3. Mike Lawlor says:

    Your comments about St Augustine’s Queens Gate are inaccurate. We are still a strong Anglo- Catholic congregation and the 11 am High Mass is exactly as it is before except that the congregations have tripled. They average 100 people and we still have our wonderful professional choir. It was never a church plant it was a parish merger. There are other services in our building and we are delighted. HTB have been wonderful to us.
    I was the former Churchwarden before the merger.

    • zoothorn says:

      Mike

      Thanks for your comments regarding my interpretation of HTB’s role at St Augustine’s. It was written a couple of years ago when I visited briefly, hence the poor interior photos currently shown. It’s a church I need to revisit.

  4. Helen COAN says:

    Andrew, Like Bob Phillips I would like permission to use one of your picture of St Peter’s Church Norbiton. I’m writing up my family history and wish to include images of where life events took place. Helen Coan

  5. Lancelot Taylor says:

    I have found much to delight the eye in your collection of photographs of London Churches. An Australian resident of Casablanca, I shall attempt to visit a number of the churches I have so enjoyed viewing on my computer screen

  6. Gordon Square says:

    St Michael R.C., Tilbury Road, Eadt Ham has been restored after a fire. Interior added ceiling removed. Lovely lofty space. Worth a re-visit?

  7. Rev Simon Rea, Pioneering Minister at St Peter's, Stonegrove says:

    Hi Andrew
    Just a quick clarification about OneStonegrove/St Peter’s Church: it is a JOINT church and community centre building, so not just a community centre and not just a church (building).

    It is an innovative joint initiative between the local church and other stakeholders including council, housing association and more importantly local residents through a Community Trust. Instead of 2 separate buildings standing oppposite each other, one single bigger and better facility provides more opportunities for blessing the local area. OneStonegrove was deliberately designed to respect the heritage of the old 1962 church building (and help transform the reputation of the area). It retains the same distinctive shape, roof, windows. wooden ceiling and floor plan of the old St Peter’s so that effectively everything is under the ‘mantle’ of the church. The chapel actually houses the original bell which had been taken down over 20 years ago and was one of the last (re)installations by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

    The building has been shortlisted for awards by National Churches’ Trust, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institute of British Architects and the Civic Trust as well as winning the innaugral Barnet Architecture award for best civic project in the borough and the Best Commercial Project award at the Structural Timber Awards 2017.

  8. Ken Cook says:

    Andrew,
    What a wonderful discovery! Next year I will be returning to London at the start of a holiday exploring the UK and Ireland (at least that’s the initial plan.) My obsession is specifically with cathedrals, and I found you as I was searching for street addresses for the 19 in London that I’ve managed to pull from Wikipedia, all part of a list of 120 before I start working the Irish set. I expect to see some expansion as I find ruins and former cathedral sites, so this winter will be busy.
    How I’m manifesting my passion is by taking pictures – similar, I guess, to what you do. I live in Florida, a USA native, and I have about 300 photo’d temples. They will be self-published in a “coffee table book” around years end.
    What I’m wondering is if you would be interested in guiding me about when I get to London – perhaps for a day or two? No dates set yet, but your site will be a valuable resource for my research, and as I’m also retired, I’d like to meet you if you’d allow.
    Thanks, and God’s blessings,
    Ken

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