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Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade II* Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Latitude: 51.4984 / 51°29'54"N

Longitude: -0.0809 / 0°4'51"W

OS Eastings: 533311

OS Northings: 179459

OS Grid: TQ333794

Mapcode National: GBR TK.Z1

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.KL3Q

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 6 December 1949

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376567

English Heritage Legacy ID: 470571

Location: Southwark, London, SE1

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Grange

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Bermondsey St Mary Magdalen, St Olave, St John and St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


636-1/5/46 (East side)
06/12/49 Church of St Mary Magdalene


Church. 1675-9, incorporating C15 tower, remodelled C19. By
Charles Stanton. Lower stages of west tower C15 (now
obscured), upper part of tower rebuilt and front remodelled
1830, George Porter; chancel lengthened, 1883.
MATERIALS: stucco with slate roof.
PLAN: nave with aisles of differing widths (semicircular gable
extension to south aisle), tower over western entrance.
Chancel an extension of nave, vestry an extension of north
EXTERIOR: west front: remodelled in playful Gothick style with
crenellated parapets to 1st stage of tower and side aisle
lean-to roofs. Tower has pinnacles and upper stage with tiny
lantern surmounting 4 gables. Tudor arches to doors to nave
and aisles, pointed arches to traceried windows above, all
with hood moulds.
INTERIOR: retains late C17 character: closed narthex at west
end with stairs leading to galleries. 4-bay, groin-vaulted
nave with crossing in 2nd bay from west. Shallow vaults north
and south of crossing, suggesting transepts, the southern one
extended south of south aisle wall. Flat aisle ceilings.
Chancel of 2 bays with coffered barrel vault. Arcade of giant
Tuscan columns supporting entablature. Gallery around 3 sides
on slender wooden composite columns, panelled and with carved
cornice having angel heads over columns. South gallery (added
in 1794) set further back into aisle with area below now
screened off to create separate room. Round-arched windows
with leaded lights, that to south transept very large with
Gothick tracery.
FITTINGS: organ in west gallery, case of 1750. Carved reredos
with angel heads and garlands (reassembled). 2 brass
candelabra dated 1699 and 1703 in nave. Large window in east
wall of chancel with stained glass of 1883.
MONUMENTS: large monument, 1681 to William Casteil: black and
white marble on heavy scrolled brackets, with columns, broken
pediment and cresting; and another large monument to the
Browning family, 1758.
The medieval parish church of Bermondsey, it forms a group
with No.191 (qv).
(The Buildings of England: Cherry B: London 2: South: 1983-:

Listing NGR: TQ3331179459

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