St George's Church, Beckenham   Church

Image Source: John Salmon

 

A fine 1880s Victorian replacement of an earlier church by a local architect, Gibbs Bartleet. The memorials were saved from the medieval building and are scattered throughout the church. Much of the stained glass is mid 20th century including that seen in the photo above, designed by local artist Thomas Freeth. The church still has some of his unexecuted designs and hopes to complete his work posthumously. The clustered piers of the nave and the huge apse at the east end create a large enough feeling even before one realises that the easternmost arches lead into transepts. The blank-arcaded chancel is perhaps slightly over-rich, as by the 1880s the movement to show the greater importance of this part of the building was no longer necessary

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 630 old church

Morning Attendance: 475

Afternoon Attendance: 300

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Gibbs Bartleet 1885

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

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