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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

John Thackeray

John Thackeray 1776 -1851

Thackeray was a wealthy benefactor to Lewisham and Christ Hospital where he went to school. In 1840 he built and endowed Thackeray’s almshouses in order to provide rest for ‘Six aged females’. Panels at the base of the monument depict the almshouses and Christ Hospital. His home was ‘The Priory’ a large house built in the gothic style with extensive gardens, now the site of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 428 Lewisham High Street.

The photograph of ‘The Priory’ shows the river which ran along the front of the house and the length of the High street, unintentionally drained when a sewer was built.

Registered Charity

Number 1182343