Carshalton Beeches: The Good Shepherd
The Revd Warner Pidgeon
38 Beeches Avenue
Surrey. SM5 3LW
Tel: 020 8647 6056
Details of all Sunday and weekday services and activities may be obtained from the parish contacts
Patron: Bishop of Southwark
Population (2001 census): 9,984
Urban Priority Area: No
Details of Church
Architect: Martin Travers & T F W Grant
Listing: grade 2
The design was intended to resemble a Spanish mission chapel. The walls were originally whitewashed leaving exposed the decorative banding of dark red bricks. As the building occupies an elevated position it can be seen from quite a distance (e.g. from St. Helier Hospital) and its vivid green copper roof and simple belfry set amidst the surrounding two storey pan-tiled houses looks convincingly "continental". Sir John Betjeman, who admired the building, described it as "Essoldo-moderne in a Hispano-Italian style"!
The overall impression is one of light and space. The building is basically a rectangle 113 x 47 feet. The forty foot high, strongly moulded ceiling gives dignity and strength. The altar and rood cross are the focal point. The absence of choir stalls and screen avoids any barriers between congregation and altar. The large gallery at the west end accommodates the organ. The narthex below the gallery was enclosed 1990.