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12 January 2012

Admire Saint Paul's Deptford

Though to a amateur like your author it bears a resemblance to one of Nicholas Hawksmoor's churches, the St Paul's in Deptford was actually designed by Church of England commissioner Thomas Archer, the designer of St John's Smith Square, and consecrated in 1730.


It is no surprise, however, that it looks similar, as it was constructed as part of the same Commission for Building Fifty New Churches which marked an expansion of London at that time. Whilst only a handful of the churches were ever completed, thankfully the Deptford church was one of them.

For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Paul's,_Deptford

6 comments:

  1. Though sadly weren't only 12 of those 50 churches actually built?

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    1. You're absolutely right James. My memory escapes me on these things. Have added this to the page.

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  2. I always want to stop at this church when I pass it on the train or as I'm walking down deptford high street, but then again I don't really like spending time in deptford. I think this church and St James church in bermondsey are quite similar. Am I on with this one?

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    1. Why would you not want to spend time in Deptford?
      Lovely cafés, délis and art projects on the High Street, such as Bearspace, Deli X, the Deptford Project/Train Cafe for great food and good coffee! Just don't take the side streets at nigth;)

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    2. Obviously she doesn't want to hang out there because it's a deprived and dirty area full of estates and viciousness

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  3. This church appeared in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice Episode 6 where Lydia marries Wickham.

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