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Former Church of St Jude

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Latitude: 51.4967 / 51°29'47"N

Longitude: -0.1054 / 0°6'19"W

OS Eastings: 531610

OS Northings: 179226

OS Grid: TQ316792

Mapcode National: GBR NK.GN

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.4N30

Plus Code: 9C3XFVWV+MR

Entry Name: Former Church of St Jude

Listing Date: 31 May 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385857

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471276

Location: St. George's, Southwark, London, SE1

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Cathedrals

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Southwark St George the Martyr with St Alphage and St Jude

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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ST GEORGE'S ROAD (North side)
Former Church of St Jude


Chapel, rebuilt as Anglican church, now community centre. 1803-1806, largely rebuilt 1888-1890. By James Peacock, assistant to George Dance the Younger, for the Philanthropic Society. Late C19 work by W.J.H Leverton. Ritual west end never completed.

MATERIALS: red brick in English bond with stone dressings and tile roof.
STYLE: spare lancet Gothic style, relying for effect on boldly proportioned masses.

PLAN: nave and square-ended chancel of four bays with north and south aisles; vestries/organ chamber to north and south, the former with an east-facing gable and the latter treated as a transept, its gable end facing south; polygonal bell turret rising to stone-capped roof filling angle between this transept and chancel flank. Entrance at ritual west end of south aisle; glazed undercroft to aisle.

EXTERIOR: the earlier structure survives at the west end of the north aisle, and was retained as a temporary measure until the church's west end could be completed; these remains consist of four pointed windows, two over two; only one of these early C19 windows is currently in use (looking at the wall from the west this is located in the upper right corner). This structure is unrelated in scale or materials to the later Victorian church; immediately east is an unusual roof truss that belongs to another phase of construction.

INTERIOR: not inspected at time of resurvey, however photographs held by the RCHME taken in the late 1980s show interior surfaces of unpainted brick and a flush panelled ceiling carried on arched principals tied with metal bars. Aisle roofs on strutted principal rafters. Panelled reredos with painted frieze above; raised chancel with pulpit to ritual northeast; organ to north of chancel.

FITTINGS: at the time of the Royal Commission's visit, the church liturgical fittings were largely intact. The east gables of the chancel and vestry/organ chamber form a strong group with the facing gable elevation of the former National Schools to the north in Colnbrook Road (qv).

HISTORICAL NOTE: The Philanthropic Society was dedicated to training and reforming young offenders. It occupied the site from 1791 to 1849, when it left Southwark for Redhill. The chapel of 1803-1806, which was not cardinally oriented, was given over to Anglican use and a scheme for enlarging and improving initiated but then immediately abandoned for lack of funds. In 1871 a scheme for reorienting the church, extending it and providing a proper chancel was carried out. The commission awarded by limited competition judged by Aston Webb; construction was delayed by lack of funds. Leverton's building swept away virtually all of the earlier structures; the c1871 school survived.

(English Heritage: London Division Historians' Report, SO 114).

Listing NGR: TQ3161079226

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