Erection date: 4/5/1875
This stone was laid by HRH the Duke of Cambridge KC, May 4th AD 1875
Site: Hamburg Lutheran Church - Dalston (1 memorial)
E8, Ritson Road, Faith Tabernacle
See German Lutheran Church in London for a historical overview starting with the Great Fire.
In 1871 the congregation moved from Holy Trinity in the City (demolished to make way for the Mansion House station on the new Metropolitan line) to this newly-built Dalston church.
Built 1875-6 as the Hamburg Lutheran Church. Designed by E. Habershon and E. P .L. Brock in a German Gothic style as the church for the adjacent German Hospital. At the time the road was named Alma Road. This new church, consecrated on 13 July 1876, incorporated some of the furnishing of the old church including, apparently, a reredos attributed to Grinling Gibbons. Information from the Listing entry.
Both world wars made life for Germans living in London very difficult. In most cases the suspicions were unfounded but there was one self-declared Nazi: Pastor Schönberger of this Dalston church. In 1939 he returned (or was expelled) to Germany and the church closed. He was its last pastor. It is said that the church housed a radio transmitter larger than the BBC's. We are surprised how little information is available about him.
In 1982 the new Pentecostal Congregation bought the church and it is now known as the Faith Tabernacle Church of God.