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Research and notes by Julian Watson

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The present church was built 1774 - 1777 to the design of George Gibson on the site of earlier churches. Gibson's design incorporated the tower (1471-1512) of the medieval church.

The chancel, designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield, was added in 1881 when the nave was re-modelled in Victorian style. Major re-ordering took place from 1995.


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St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

346 Lewisham High Street

SE13 6LE   020 8690 2682

Stained glass windows

The stained glass windows by A.L.Wilkinson were installed between 1952 and 1954. The son of Horace Wilkinson, also an artist working in stained glass. Alfred trained at St Martin's School of Art in London before working with his father from 1920 until 1939 in London. Alfred Wilkinson was subsequently based at several addresses in London, Hertfordshire and Essex, and also designed for G. King & Son of Norwich

Further reading Joyce Little, Stained Glass Marks and Monograms (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002), p. 129.

She writes that her great aunt has recorded "While in London Dorothy and I met Alfred Wilkinson and saw his Design Studio and also the workshop of stained glass. Later, we visited an old church in Billingsgate "St. Magnus The Martyr" in which some of the windows from Alfred's works had newly replaced windows damaged in the war. They were circular and depicted a working man's trade - or union such as carpenter and cooper."

Several Churches in Wales have windows by A.L. Wilkinson

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