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At the southern edge of the old village of Chislehurst and unusually for a Roman catholic church it sits in a burial ground. The architect was William Wardell and the church dates from 1854. The mortuary chapel on the south side was added by Henry Clutton in 1874 to house the body of Napoleon III, however he was interred in the crypt at Farnborough Abbey in Hampshire.
The first classical church in London built by Inigo Jones 1631-38, but rebuilt after fire by Thomas Hardwick 1795-98, with 19th century restoration by Butterfield in 1871-1872a and Henry Clutton in 1878-1882. Its east end is the backdrop to the Covent garden piazza. Known as “The actor’s church”, there are many, mainly 20th century memorials to well known actors.