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Research and notes by Julian Watson

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Ground floor


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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

Medieval Church

Rebuilt probably in the 15th century the medieval church was a small vernacular building with its floor some 10 feet lower than that of the present building. There was a double roof over the nave and aisle, a decorated ceiling and a tiled floor. A few monuments from the old church survive in the present church

notably those to Margaret Valentine (the wife of Rev. Abraham Colfe), Rev. George Stanhope, and a small brass to George Hatteclyff who died in 1514

An eighteeenth century drawing of the south front of the medieval church just before its demolition. (A.R. Martin Collection Lewisham Local Studies Library)

The tower

The Medieval tower before the church was pulled down in the eighteenth century

The tower, made of flint, rubble and Kentish Ragstone, was a later addition to the medieval nave and chancel. Built between 1471 and 1512 it was funded by bequests from members of the congregation.

(A.R. Martin Collection Lewisham Local Studies Library)

Registered Charity

Number 1182343

Registered Charity

Number 1182343