The Churches of Britain and Ireland
|City of Westminster, Greater London
My knowledge of the divisions of London is rather vague. If a church is wrongly listed here, please let me know!
Churches in Soho (opens another page).
Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints (Russian Orthodox) on Ennismore Gardens. Built as All Saints (1848-9 until 1955). TQ 272 796. © Martin Richter (2012). Link1. Link2 (excellent history). Grade II* listed.
The former Christ Church, Lancaster Gate. According to this link, the main body of the church was demolished in 1978, leaving only the tower and spire. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.
Deutsche Evangelische Christuskirche on Montpelier Place, consecrated in 1904. Another view. TQ 274 794. Both © Martin Richter (2012). Link1. Link2 (with much interesting and surprising history). Link3. Link4. Link5.
Emmanuel Evangelical Church on Marsham Street. TQ 2996 7916. © Gerard Charmley. Grade II* listing which explains that it was built in 1926-30 as a Christian Science Church and Sunday School Chapel (Ninth Church of Christian Scientist), which it remained until 1997 -see here and here. Emmanuel took up residence in the same year - see here.
Methodist Central Hall, © Bill McKenzie.
Sacred Heart (R.C.) on Horseferry Road. A minor mystery here - Genuki says it was previously Wesleyan Methodist, while this website says it was built in 1962, which makes the Wesleyan attribution unlikely. The usually reliable Pevsner supports the latter. Pevsner also says that it replaced a chapel-of-ease to Westminster Cathedral, and that it was bombed in WWII. Had this been Wesleyan originally? Another view. TQ 2975 7903. Both © Chris Kippin (2018). Since I posted this entry, Chris has been back in touch to supply a little history. Originally Wesleyan, it passed to the Catholic Church in 1927. Destroyed or damaged in the war, a new church (the present one) was built in 1962, and it is indeed a chapel-of-ease to Westminster Catholic Cathedral.
St. Martins-in-the Fields, St. Martins Lane. TQ 300 805. © Bill McKenzie. An old illustration dating from 1916, showing the church's setting in Trafalgar Square. From Colin Waters' Collection. Another view, © Roger Hopkins. Interior view, © Dave Westrap. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed - link.
St. Paul, Knightsbridge. © Bill Henderson.
Salvation Army Citadel, on Rochester Row. © Rob Brettle.
Westminster Catholic Cathedral, or more correctly, the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood, on Francis Street, was consecrated in 1903. From a postcard franked 1907. Collection of Mrs. Marion Allen. Another old postcard view, this one from Christopher Skottowe's Collection, and another (posted in 1934), from Paul E. Barnett's Collection. Two modern views - 1, 2, both © Gerard Doherty (2013). Link.
29 December 2019
© Steve Bulman