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St Agnes, Kennington Park (geograph 3630998)
St Agnes, Kennington Park

St Agnes, Kennington Park, is an Anglo-Catholic church in south London in the Diocese of Southwark. The church is situated in the Borough of Southwark, placed behind Kennington Park and near the Oval Cricket Ground. The nearest tube stations are Kennington and Oval.

The first church on this site was designed by George Gilbert Scott Jr. and could seat 1,000 people. The church was bombed during World War II and rebuilt by Halliday and Greenwood, to a design by Ralph Covell, in 1956.

Architecture

St Agnes original building
The original building at St Agnes Place

The original building started construction in 1875 in a Neo-Gothic building by George Gilbert Scott Jr., who also worked on three of the Cambridge colleges. "The fittings of the present church are from the old, including the triptych reredos by Temple Moore said to be based on the golden reredos in the Church of Our Lady, Oberwesel in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany". The current church houses a baptistry under the west gallery and organ loft, a Lady Chapel in the north-east side, an office and meeting space along with a church hall, all contained within a small churchyard. The main body of the church includes a nave and chancel under a continuous pitched roof.

Worship

St Agnes is a Church of England parish church in which worship follows the Catholic tradition. Mass is celebrated every weekday in the Lady Chapel at 10 am, with weekly Sunday Solemn Mass and Feast days. St Agnes also has weekly Bible study sessions on Wednesdays, after the 10am Mass.

Music

St Agnes houses four instruments, including a two-manual choir organ built by N.P. Mander between 1960 and 1961 which is situated in the organ loft. There is also a harmonium from 1903 in the Lady Chapel that is used for Festal services and during Christmas.

In May 2018, a new four-manual nave organ using a Hauptwerk set-up was installed. It includes 67 stops and thumb pistons on each division. The current director of music is the London-based composer and organist Matt Geer.

Clergy

Fr Paul Ensor was inducted as the Vicar at St Agnes, Kennington Park in March 2013. The honorary Assistant Priest is Fr Simon Acland, son of the New Zealand National Party politician Jack Acland.

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