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Churches in South West London

There’s a number of excellent churches in the South West area of London and beyond.

Not only do these churches supply communities with places to worship and congregate they also provide a free history lesson to visitors and a glimpse into an interesting social history.

The Grade I listed church of St Marys at Addington [map], Croydon, is medieval in origin and has been extensively restored by a succession of impressive architects including Blore and St Aubyn. As a result the fabric is now largely Victorian. The chancel dates back to 12th century whilst the central western tower and vestry are Victorian.

Five Archbishops of Canterbury are buried here and are remembered in many memorials, decorations and windows throughout the church.

Staying in Croydon visitors should definitely head to St Michael and All Angels with St James [map], Oakfield Road, which is a large brick church typical of its Victorian era. With a tall nave, low aisles and a brick-vaulted interior this is a fine example of FL Pearson’s design skills.
You’ll find many lavishing fittings inside this church including the font, pulpit and organ casing. Stained glass windows reflect the designs of Clayton & Bell, Lavers & Barraud and Kempe.

You’ll find a unique church at All Saints Church [map], Carshalton. This large building was built in the 12th century and is grade II listed. The church stands adjacent to Carshalton Ponds and a church has stood on this site since the Saxon period. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The rebuilt Norman church consisted of a narrow nave and chancel. A north aisle was added about the middle of the 12th century, with an arcade of Norman columns, of which some capitals survive in storage. About 1200, the chancel was lengthened and a south aisle added, the arcade capitals of which are still at present visible. In the 13th century, the west tower arch was widened and buttresses were added to the South Aisle wall.

In 1893, the church was enlarged on the north side to the design of Sir Arthur Blomfield and the new chancel built to the north of the old one, with an arch joining the two. The northward extension consisted of a new arcade and nave with a new north aisle beyond. In 1913, the new west end, with its baptistry was added, presumably by Sir Reginald Blomfield, in conjunction with Edward Crutchloe. The subsequent triptych reredos, over the high altar and the chancel screen, are said to have been added by G. F. Bodley, who also designed the font.

Finally, a number of works were carried out by Sir Ninian Comper in conjunction with the Reverend W. R. Corbould.

Shortly after World War II the curved steps before the screen entrance were added as was the font cover, the pulpit sounding board and the stairs and Majesta over the chancel arch.

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