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All Hallows (Former), Pepper Street, Southwark

This was a major church by G.G. Scott junior built in 1879-1880. Most was destroyed in WW2 but a chapel and some other remains were adapted as a church by Thomas F. Ford in 1957. It became redundant in 1971 and after a period as a recording studio, it is now being used as temporary housing accommodation. The churchyard is a public open space.

St Thomas (Former), St Thomas Street, Southwark now Herb Garrett Museum (Tower and attic) and a Restaurant

Originating as a parish church forming part of St Thomas Hospital. The current building dates from 1702-1703. The tower leads to an attic now a historic operating theatre museum while the church having been the Chapter House of Southwark Cathedral is now an upmarket restaurant.

Guy’s Hospital Chapel, St Thomas Street, Southwark

In the west wing of the hospital, it is part of a range of 1774-1780 designed by Richard Jupp. Inside is the huge monument to the hospital’s founder Thomas Guy sculpted by John Bacon in 1779.

St Jude (Former), St George’s Road, Southwark now New Testament Church of God

A short but tall church of 1897-99 by W.J.H. Leverton.

Christ Church, Blackfriars Road, Southwark

A replacement of 1960 for a war-damaged 17th and 18th-century church. It is by R. Paxton Watson and B. Costin. Inside the stained glass is largely of a secular nature reflecting the history of the area.

Most Precious Blood, O’Meara Street, Southwark (Roman Catholic)

Overshadowed by railway arches this is a church of 1891-91 by F.A. Walters. Access was limited by building work (December 2018)

Holy Trinity (Former), Trinity Church Square, Southwark now Henry Wood Hall

In the centre of an elegant square, this is one of Francis Bedford’s Commissioners churches of 1823-1824. It was closed in 1960, gutted in a fire in 1973 and converted to recording and rehearsal studios by Arup Associates in 1973-1975.

Cathedral of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, London Bridge, Southwark

Raised to Cathedral status in 1905. It was an Augustinian Priory that was rebuilt in the 13th century, although a small amount of Norman work remains. In the 1818-23 George Gwilt junior restored the chancel and tower and the retrochoir in 1833 with Robert Wallace restoring the transepts in 1830. The easternmost part of the building was lost to road widening on the approach to London Bridge in 1830. The nave of 1890-97 by Arthur Blomfield replaced a building of 1839 that itself had replaced the ruinous medieval nave.


St George, Borough High Street, Southwark

This church, prominently sited at a road junction but overshadowed by The Shard, is by John Price and dates from 1734-36, when it replaced a medieval building. The huge ceiling decoration is by Basil Champneys and dates from 1897. It was restored by T.F. Ford after WW2 damage.


Cathedral of St George, St George’s Road, Southwark (Roman Catholic)

The original building was by A.W.N. Pugin and dated from 1841-48, but was under-financed and never completed to Pugin’s vision. However WW2 brought severe damage leaving only the aisle walls and east end, the rest is a post-war rebuilding by Romilly Craze from 1953 to 1966. Some Pugin fittings survive in the Blessed Sacrament chapel and the Knill chantry is by E.W. Pugin. Craze’s design added a clerestory and a new Lady Chapel.