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St James, St James Avenue, Elmers End

Closing the view on this road just off the main Croydon Road. The original church is now a north aisle and dates from 1879-88 and was designed by A.R. Stenning. In 1934 G. Sworder Powell added a contrasting nave and double gabled south aisle.


St Mary of Nazareth, The Avenue, West Wickham

North of the current town centre down a suburban street. The original church, now the hall, was by Martin Travers and built in 1934. The current church of 1954 was designed by C.W. Fowler. There is a first floor lady chapel in the transept like structure between the two. The fish is a fossil in the altar step.


St Edward the Confessor, Keverne Road, Mottingham

In the centre of a large inter war London County Council estate. The current church dates from 1957 and was designed by David Nye and Partners. Next door the original hall/church of 1937 is still in use solely as the church hall.


St George, High St, Beckenham

At the northern end of the town centre. The church is by William Gibbs Bartleet and dates from 1885-87, the tower being finished in 1902-03. It replaced the medieval parish church. Much of the stained glass was designed by Thomas Freeth (14 windows of which I have chosen 9 as examples) and installed between 1963 and 1985. WW2 bombing meant that the majority of the 19th century glass had been destroyed. The remaining 19th century glass is by Heaton Butler and Bayne with the rose window by Hardman, the south chapel has early 1950s glazing by Geoffrey Webb.


Christ Church, Fairfield Road, Beckenham

Midway between and close to St George and St Edmund in the town centre. The church dates from 1876 and is by Blashill and Hayward. It was reconstructed after bombing by Charles Sykes.


St Edmund of Canterbury, Village Way, Beckenham (Roman Catholic)

A huge tower over the east end makes this building easy to see at the bottom of the town centre. Sainsbury’s multi story car park is built right up against it, allowing good views but not adding to the townscape. The church dates from 1937 and was designed by J. O`Hanlon Hughes.


St Augustine (Former), Churchfields Road, Beckenham now housing

The building was opened in 1910 as a hall/church replacing a Mission Hall of 1885. It’s parish was combined with St Michael’s and it closed in 1978. it is now converted into apartments.


St Michael and All Angels, Ravenscroft Road, Beckenham

Down a suburban road, this is a building of 1955-56 by W.H. Hobday and F.J. Maynard. It replaced a church of 1899-1900 badly damaged in WW2.


St Anthony of Padua, Genoa Road, Anerley (Roman Catholic)

A small back street church of 1925-27 by F.A. Walters.


St Paul, Hamlet Road, Anerley

At the north-western tip of Bromley Borough near Crystal Palace. It dates from 1977.