Lambeth South Deanery

Streatham, Christ Church

 

Address

Christchurch Road
Streatham
London
SW2

Location map

Parish website

External photo

 

 

Parish Contacts

Rev Steven Tricklebank (Vicar)

Christ Church Vicarage
3 Christchurch Road
London SW2 3ET

Tel: 020 8674 5723
E-mail: steventricklebank@hotmail.com

Parish website:

Sunday Services

11.00am Sung Parish Mass & Sunday School

Details of all Sunday and weekday services and activities may be obtained from the parish contacts

Information

Patron: Rector of St Leonard, Streatham

Population (2001 census): 6,735
Urban Priority Area: Yes

Deanery: Lambeth South

Archdeaconry: Lambeth

Episcopal Area: Kingston

Diocesan Record Office: London Metropolitan Archives

Introduction to parish

Parish profile in The Bridge

Details of Church

Internal photo - before restorationBuilt: 1841
Architect: James William Wild
Listing: grade 1

The building is highly unusual and its individuality makes it an outstanding example of Victorian Church architecture. At Christ Church, Wild bought together many predominately eastern themes. Moorish, Egyptian, Venetian and early Christian elements are fused to form a composition that critics and historians have found hard to categorise. The most influential of Wild's ideas at Christ Church was his use of coloured brickwork. The main walling is yellow stock brick and polychromatic effect is introduced by use of rubbed and moulded red bricks and light buff coloured gault bricks.

Internally Wild had intended to decorate with wall paintings using Moorish and Islamic geometrical patterns. Some years after the completion of the building, decorations were carried out to the designs of Owen Jones. Jones’s work survives at the column heads and in the apse.

The accommodation comprises, nave, aisles and galleries at the north, south and west and an apsidal sanctuary. A vestry has been created by dividing off part of the south aisle. There is a flower room/vestry on the ground floor of the tower and there are storage areas above. The parish room on the north side connects the church with the school adjoining.

The church has recently undergone a full programme of internal and external restoration partially funded by English Heritage.

Further details of the architecture and history of the church may be found at the parish website.