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Funding boost helps build a future for St George the Martyr

3 months ago

St George the Martyr, Southwark, has received a £10,000 National Churches Trust Grant to help fund urgent repairs to stonework and gutters and to improve the entrance area to create space for a community café.

The church also receives a £2,000 National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in partnership with the Cinnamon Network micro-grant to help set up a Cinnamon Network recognised social action project to help local people. The church is one of 70 churches and chapels in England, Wales and Scotland that are set to benefit from rescue funding of £522,241 from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church support charity.

Huw Edwards, Broadcaster and Journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said:

 “I’m delighted that St George the Martyr, Southwark is to be saved for the future with the help of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant. This will ensure that this vitally important church, bursting with history in an extremely busy and fast changing part of London, remains in good repair and at the service of local people.”

The project

Repairs at roof level will stop water from coming in so that the church can be kept open for visitors and new programmes. The repairs to the roof level will also help to minimise any deterioration of internal features of this historic building.

The church

The current building is on a site which has been a place of Christian worship since at least the 12th century. The present building is brick built of classical design with Portland stone pediments, string courses and dressings, designed by John Price (1735) with the interior altered by Hedger (1808). The present ornate ceiling by Basil Champneys (1897) was repaired and restored by Thomas Ford (1951) following war damage. The church is known for its part in Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit, acknowledged in the east window.

The church has grown in its usage from schools, local residents, and tourists since the new Parish Priest arrived and began to open the church, welcome school groups and create a small cafe. Repairs will allow for more people to experience its heritage and embed the church and its heritage as a key part of the local scene.

Fr Jonathan Sedgwick, Priest in Charge of St George the Martyr, said:

“Over the centuries St George the Martyr has undergone great change and development, just like the environment surrounding it. In response to this growth and change, St George the Martyr continues to work in supporting those in the community offering a central point to meet and grow together and we are excited that the National Churches Trust supports our vision for the part a renewed St George’s can play in this community. We look forward to seeing this project develop and become a reality.”