St Bartholomew


"The most important building in London Road, Charlton, is St. Bartholomew's Church.  The project of building a church to serve the Tower Hamlets district, after lying in abeyance for many years, was earnestly pushed forward in 1877, and on the 27th of September in that year, the foundation stone was laid by the Rev. Cnon Carter, Rector of Clewer.  The designs were drawn by the Diocesan Surveyor, Mr. Joseph Clark, F.S.A., and the building was done by Mr. W. J. Adcock, of Dover.  The style of this church is Early English.  It is 111 feet long, 55 feet wide, consisting of a clerestoried nave of five bays, side aisles, apse-shaped chancel, an organ chamber, and a north-east chapel, the latter being built subsequently as a memorial, a heating chamber and vestry has since been added on the south of the chancel.  The ecclesiastical district of St. Bartholomew was formed on the 18th of December, 1877, and the Vicarage, which was endowed with 200 a year and a residence, is vested in Keble College, Oxford.  The contractor's price for the building was 6370, but its total cost was 7500, and as it accommodates 750 persons, the capital outlay was exactly 10 per seat.  The church was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the 22nd of January, 1879.  The first Vicar was the Rev. E. L. Churton (afterwards Bishop of Nassau); he was followed by the Rev. A. L. Jukes; who, in turn, was succeeded by the Rev. E. G. L. Mowbray, who in 1906 was succeeded by the Rev. Alfred Lloyd Coates, who came from the Vicarage of Shorne, Gravesend.(J.B.J. 1907)


Temporary picture

  The church of St Bartholomew stood here, on the corner of London Road and Templar Street.

The parish of St. Bartholomew, Dover, merged with the parish of SS Peter & Paul, Charlton, on 1st July 1972 to form the parish of Charlton in Dover, and the church of St. Bartholomew became redundant.  Shortly afterwards it was demolished to make way for these blocks of flats.


  The parish hall (above) in Tower Hamlets has recently been demolished to make way for houses.