Did You Know

Little snippets of information that you might not know

St Mary's had a Daughter Church

From 1952 until 1961 St Mary the Virgin had a daughter church of All Saints Baldwins Hill. All Saints was built in 1887 by Mr Sidney Poole Lowdell, of Baldwins, as he and his wife wished for a church nearer than St Swithun's and St Mary's was not yet built. The church, being then in the Diocese of Southwark, was known as St Matthias. Some years later it was dedicated to All Saints by the Archdeacon of Kingston.

In 1952 the church of All Saints was transferred to the Diocese of Chichester and was attached to St Mary the Virgin. In 1960 at the request of the All Saints' Church Committee, the process began to close the church as it was "no longer serving any useful purpose" and it was "virtually a condemned building on account of wood-worm and dry rot". On Sunday 15th October 1961 a final service of thanksgiving was held at All Saints and the church was closed and subsequently demolished.

An Organ Gallery

The installation of the organ in the north chapel in 1900 was intended as a tempory position for this fine instrument. The original plan was to build a gallery on the west end wall to house the organ. The two world wars, lack of funds and a labour shortage ment that this plan never came to fruition.


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