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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

Rev George Stanhope

Rev. George Stanhope Became Vicar of Lewisham in 1689 aged 29. He remained Vicar until his death in 1728. He rebuilt the Vicarage at his own cost in 1692/3. He was also Vicar of St Nicholas Church, Deptford (1702-1728) and also Dean of Canterbury, 1703-1728.

In memory

Of the very Rev George Stanhope D.D.

38 years Vicar of this Parish and 26 of

The neighbouring Church of Deptford

Dean of Canterbury A.D. 1703

And thrice Prolucutor of the Lower House

Of Convocation.

Whose piety was real and national

His charity great and universal

Fruitful in acts of mercy and in all good works.

His learning was elegant and comprehensive

His conversation polite and delicate.

Grave without Preciseness, Facetious without Levity

The good Christian and solid Divine

And the fine gentleman

In him were happily united.

Who, tho’ amply qualified for the Highest

Honours of his Sacred Function

yet was content with only Deserving them

In his Pastoral office a pattern to his people

And to all who shall succeed him in ye care of them.

His Discourses from the Pulpit

Were equally pleasing and profitable

A beautiful intermixture of ye clearest Reasoning

With ye purest Diction

Attended with all the Graces of just Elocution

As his works from ye Press have spoke ye Praises

Of his happy Genius, his love of God and man

For which Generations to come

Will bless his Memory

He was born March ye 5

He died March ye 18, 1727

Aged 68 years.

19th century photo of Lewisham Vicarage, Built by Stanhope in 1692/3.

Registered Charity

Number 1182343