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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

Parker Family & Lewisham House

Thomas Watson Parker and his family lived in Lewisham House which stood on the corner of Ladywell Road and the High Street opposite the former Vicarage (now Ladywell House). Lewisham House was demolished in 1894. A memorial to his 5th son, Sir Henry Watson Parker can be found at the West end of the church.

Lewisham House, built 1680 demolished 1894. Originally the home of Sir John and Anne Lethuillier, a Huguenot family. Sam Pepys said of her ‘Our noble fat brave lady in our parish, that I and my wife admire so.’

The old fire station, the old police station, the Coroner’s Court and shops were built on the site of the house and garden but part of the garden was used to enlarge the churchyard in 1817.

Registered Charity

Number 1182343