Open House Church Tour
St Margaret's is one of the best preserved and most interesting examples of a lavishly decorated gothic revivalist interior in London. Follow the links on the right to learn more about this beautiful building and drop in to one of our Open Church sessions on the 1st Saturday of each month, 10.30am-4.30pm. (subject to change - please see website events listing for latest information). A churchyard scavenger hunt is available at the bottom of this page for your little ones to enjoy!
THE MAIN CRAFTSMEN AND CRAFTSWOMEN INVOLVED IN THE BUILDING AND DECORATION OF THE CURRENT CHURCH:
Architect (of the basic church) – John Brown of Norwich
Extension (Chancel / Sanctuary / Lady Chapel / Organ area) – James Brooks
Artistic plan (of the walls; windows; decoration) – James Brooks
Paintings: stencils, murals and marouflage – Clayton and Bell
Windows on the south side and the East Window (Victorian) – Clayton and Bell
Tiles (around the High Altar and Lady Chapel altar) – Minton and Minton Campbell
Alabaster (frame for the reredos on the High Altar) – Thomas Earp
Paintings (of the reredos of the High Altar) – Nathaniel Westlake
Wrought Iron Work (Altar cross, the wrought iron Grilles over the pipes at the back of the church, the Rood screen) – made by Cox and Buckley and (lectern) made by Thomas Thomason but all inspired by Francis Skidmore
Wood carvings (communion rail; clergy and choir stalls NB angels; choir screen) – A & H De Wispelaere et fils (from Belgium)
Organ – Walkers of Suffolk first built and restored in 1870 with major rebuild in 1928. Currently maintained by Harrisons of Durham who undertook major refurbishment of total instrument in 1999.
WW1 Memorial – High Altar and Plaque – Violet Pinwill
This tour has been prepared using a history of the church and guide to the church written by Alfred Wood, to whom we are indebted.
James Hall - The Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
Sir lan Mills- Craftsmen of St Margaret's
Sarah Carr-Gomm- Dictionary of Symbols in Art
The National Gallery - A Closer look at Angels
Marcus Lodwick - The Gallery Companion
J Paul Getty Museum - Old Testament Figures in Art
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints