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Christ Church - 1873 Christ Church and Lincoln Tower

Plaque: Christ Church - 1873

Erection date: 26/6/1873


This memorial stone of Christ-Church (perpetuation of Surrey Chapel) was laid June 26, 1873, by Samuel Morley MP.
"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone."
Newman Hall LLB - Pastor
J. Perry & Co - Builders
H. J. Paull, FRIBA, Alfred Bickerdike - Architects

This foundation stone marks the beginning of the building works on the church. It was salvaged from the ruins of the church after WW2 and placed here.

Site: Christ Church and Lincoln Tower (3 memorials)

SE1, Westminster Bridge Road, Lincoln Tower

The 1873 stone is on the north-east elevation of the tower, that's the wall facing left out of our picture. It's at knee height, below a window across what was surely the original entrance. The 'Lincoln Tower' stone is also on this face, but higher up. To see the 1959 plaque you have to go up the modern steps to the right of our photo and look low down, to the right of the concrete screen. gives "The church on the ground floor is 1958-1960 and the office block 1972-1976, both by the architect Peter John Darvall. It is now an academy."

In 1849 the congregation at the Surrey Chapel had raised a fund to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Rowland Hill, their first pastor. When the lease of that chapel was due to expire that fund was used by their pastor, Newman Hall, to acquire this site on which to build a complex of mission buildings including the Congregational church, and, in 1867, a new Hawkstone Hall to replace that on Westminster Road which had been swallowed up by the expansion of Waterloo Station. Hawkstone Hall being named for Rowland Hill's birthplace.

In 2014 the whole church site was converted to house the school, Oasis Academy Southbank, with the chapel becoming the sports hall.

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Christ Church, Lambeth

The photo, c.1910, shows the complex of buildings. Damaged in WW2 the church ...

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The Ring / Surrey Chapel / Rowland Hill's Chapel

On the site now occupied by TfL's Palastre House.  Built in fields as an octa...

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J. Perry & Co.

Builders active in 1873.

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Alfred Bickerdike

Architect. Born Manchester. In partnership with Paull 1873-7.

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Newman Hall

Non-conformist minister and hymn writer. Born Maidstone, Kent as Christopher ...

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Samuel Morley

Born Well Street Hackney into a Nottingham family of wool/hosiery manufacture...

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Christ Church - 1959

In WW2 both Upton Chapel and Christ Church were badly bombed. Both were demol...

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Christ Church, Lincoln Tower

From Pastscape: "... the octagonal spire ... is decorated by two groups of in...

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