St. Matthias' Church, Stoke Newington facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSt Matthias Stoke Newington
St Matthias Stoke Newington, London N16
|Location||Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, London N16|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Website||The Church of England: A Church Near You. 'St Matthias Church Stoke Newington'|
|Dedicated||1853 & rededicated 1954|
|Architect(s)||1/. William Butterfield; 2/. Nugent Cachemaille-Day|
|Years built||1851-53-83 & c. 1952-55|
|Parish||St Matthias Stoke Newington|
|Diocese||Diocese of London|
|Vicar(s)||Fr David Lambert (July 2005)|
|Organist(s)||Stephen Jasper BA AMus (September 1987)|
The parish of St Matthias Stoke Newington was created in 1849, out of the parish of Stoke Newington and a parcel of 'detached' land belonging to Hornsey parish. The patron of the new parish - responsible for appointing the clergy - was alternately the Crown and the Bishop of London.
The impressive church building was designed by William Butterfield (1814–1900) and completed and consecrated in June 1853. The cost of the building was substantially met by a wealthy local surgeon named Robert Brett (1808–74). Brett was concerned at the flourishing of local Dissenting chapels such as the Newington Green Unitarian Church at the expense of the Established Church whose local buildings simply could not accommodate the area's rapidly growing population.
The building suffered from aerial bombing during the Second World War when all the interior surface decoration, stained glass and furniture was destroyed, as too the brick and stone vaulting of the chancel. The rebuilt church was reopened in 1954. The architect was Nugent Cachemaille-Day (1896–1976).
After the war the patronage of the living was transferred to the Corporation of London.
Description of the current building
The strongly individual building is of stock brick with Bath stone dressings and slate roofs. The tall nave of five bays has low, pent aisles and alternate octagonal and compound piers. The saddleback crossing tower with its very long bell openings is the most striking feature of the building creating inside a tall chancel arch with half-arches at east end of the aisles. The window tracery is a freely-adapted late Decorated type.
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