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Holy Cross, Cromer Street, Kings Cross

By Joseph Peacock, 1887. The font is by J.L. Pearson and there is a window by Martin Travers.

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Catholic Apostolic Church, Maida Avenue

A large J.L. Pearson church, for this virtually disappeared sect. It was built 1891-93 and faces the Regent’s Canal near Little Venice.

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St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood

This is one of John Loughborough Pearson’s major large brick-built churches and dates from 1878-87. There are inner and outer aisles, together with an apsed Lady Chapel. The south transept was meant to be the base of a large tower that has never been completed. Although there has been considerable structural work done in 2016-2017, serous subsidence means that the south side of the nave has to be propped by large wooden buttresses. It was damaged in WW2 and restored by Caroe and Partners in 1946-51. Much of the glass by Clayton and Bell was lost at that time. Some has been replaced by 1950s windows by Francis Spear. Some older glass by Kempe and Comper survives.

St Michael, Poplar Walk, Croydon

Next door to West Croydon bus station, this is one of ohn Loughborough Pearsons’s masterpieces of vaulted and darkly mysterious Anglo-Catholic design. It was built between 1880-1883, having been designed in 1876. The Lady Chapel fittings are by Ninian Comper

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St Augustine, Kilburn Park Road, Kilburn

John Loughborough Pearson’s masterpiece, dating from 1870-77. There was enough money for a full internal decorative scheme and a magnificent tower and spire. Much of the glass and internal decoration is by Clayton & Bell.

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