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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


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The Tower and Belfry

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. MartinCollection Lewisham Local Studies Library)


1471     Plans to build the tower were drawn up.

1512     Tower completed.

1552     Record of 4 bells.

1743     A bell was cast that was later recast into the present 6th.

1766     A new ring of 8 bells was cast by Lester & Pack at              Whitechapel.

1774-7  Church and tower rebuilt by George Gibson.

1777     Whole ring remodelled into a heavier one. A new tenor  was              added and the 6th was recast acting as the new 5th. The 7th              was recast the previous year to form the new 6th.  

1819     Treble and 3rd recast by Thomas Mears.

1893-4  The 7th had become cracked in the crown and was recast by              John Taylor The 6th was also retuned at this time.

1895     The 2nd had become cracked and was recast by John Taylor.

1896     4th recast by John Taylor who rehung all the bells in a new              frame.

1950     Bells rehung on ball bearings by Mears & Stainbank.


The Felstead Database

contains the dates  and details of peals rung at St.Mary’s from 8th March 1776 until 5th April 2003

Felstead Database Link

Further details of Bells and Tower and dates of recent peals can be found at:

Dove’s Guide


BELL

NOTE

CAST

FOUNDER

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E flat

1819

Thomas Mears 11

2

D

1895

John Taylor & Co

3

C

1819

Thomas Mears 11

4

B flat

1896

John Taylor & Co

5

A flat

1777

Pack & Chapman

6

G

1776

Pack and Chapman

7

F

1893

John Taylor & Co

8

E flat

1777

Pack & Chapman