Christ Church, Southwark

Somehow Churches and Churchyards manage to retain a sense of quiet and calm, even when on a busy main road. John Marshall’s Coat of Arms over the door reminds one of the origin of the church, the third on the site. It was locked and is described by Pevsner as ‘..a feeble little replacement of the church damaged in the Second World War.’   Even so, Christ Church surprised me.

Christ Church, Southwark, Blackfriars Bridge Road

Christ Church, Southwark, Blackfriars Bridge Road

The Parish Watch House was built in 1819 and stood in the Church Yard until demolished in 1923. The Watch House was used to guard new burials against body snatchers. The Rectory, a new building similar in style, stands on the same site today.

Christ Church Watchhouse, 1932 (www.british-history.ac.uk)

Christ Church Watchhouse, 1932 (www.british-history.ac.uk)

Christ Church Watch House Plaque

Christ Church Watch House Plaque, on the side wall of the rectory

The new Rectory, Christ Church

The new Rectory, Christ Church

Christ Church was in the Manor of Paris Garden, now remembered in a street name.

 

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