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Christ Church, Lewisham

Description: Christ Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 March 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 203407

OS Grid Reference: TQ3575072819
OS Grid Coordinates: 535750, 172819
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4381, -0.0483

Location: 37 S Road, Lewisham, Greater London SE23 2UJ

Locality: Lewisham
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SE23 2UJ

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Listing Text

In the entry for:

4424 Christ Church

TQ 3572 30/237


the Grade shall be amended to Grade II and the description shall be amended to read as follows:

Church, begun 1852 and built in three stages. Designed by Ewan Christian in the revived Decorated
style. Nave, chancel and south aisle 1852-4. North aisles and vestry completed 1862. West tower and
spire completed 1885. Kentish Ragstone with Bath stone dressings. Clay tile roof Plan: west tower and
spire, nave of five bays with clerestory, aisles and south porch; chancel with south porch, north vestry and
organ chamber. EXTERIOR: Tower divided externally into four stages. Angle buttresses at the corners
above a moulded plinth which reach up to the tower. West doorway: moulded arch and plate tracery.
West window of3 lights with trefoiled heads to the main lights and a tracery circle containing 3 trefoils.
Tower: Pairs of two-light openings at Belfry stage with trefoiled heads, and tracery quatrefoils in each
face, the hoods linked by carved foliate stops. Recessed timber louvres. Corbel table above from which
broach spire rises. Four octagonal pinnacles at each corner; tall, narrow lucarnes on principal faces of the
spire. Aisles have 3-light windows in their west walls. The bays of the aisles are marked by low buttresses
and have alternate 2- and 3- light windows. Clerestory windows: each of 3 equal lights with a quatrefoil
above each within a rectangular surround. Chancel:lower than nave. Large 5-light east window with 4
equal lights and taller central light. Circles containing trefoils above side pair of lights, larger circle
containing five trefoils above middle light. South chapel of one bay, with 2-light window and arched
doorway in south wall; 3-light window in east wall. North vestry, 3-light east window. INTERIOR.
The two westernmost bays of nave have had rooms inserted in 1970 by Laurence King. Remaining
arcades have chamfered arches carried on alternate octagonal and round pillars with carved capitals. Arch
braced wooden roof with carved corbels. Floor: stone paviours with red and black tiles at the east end
of the nave. Chancel: raised 2 steps above level of nave and paved. Chancel divided by chamfered arches
from south chapel and north organ chamber. Bare walls following re-ordering of 1970. Fittings: no
reredos or lectern; pulpit 1903; original font on square base with circular oak cover at west end. Stained
glass: east window - 3-lights depicting The Crucifixion, flanked by Christ and Mary Magdalene in the
Garden and Supper at Emmaus, probably by Henry Holiday 1883; other glass - by Powell in the south
chapel, and in the north aisle by Comper, 1936.


4424 Christ Church

TQ 1572 30/237


Large church by Ewan Christian 1852-4. North aisle and vestry 1862.
Random rubble with freestone dressings. West tower and spire 1885
of coursed rubble.
Nave, aisles, chancel, chancel aisles (the South one shorter) South porch
and West tower with half-octagonal staircase turret on North side. Early
C14 style.
5-bay nave with alternating round and octagonal piers with leafy capitals.
Arch braced wood roof on leafy corbels. Sanctuary panelling, reredos and
stalls 1897. Some stained glass by Powell and comper.

Listing NGR: TQ3575072819

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Source: English Heritage

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